Honors and Awards
Literacy Leader Award
First Lady, Laura Bush, received a National Promise of America’s Founder’s Award from Alexandria, Va.-based America’s Promise Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group focusing on child welfare and education, founded by Colin and Alma Powell. This annual award, now in its 10th year, recognizes a leader in education and literacy programs. In addition to Mrs. Bush, the award was give to seven other individuals who have either founded or played significant roles in nonprofits with similar ideals. The other recipients are:
Raymond J. Chambers: Points of Light Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Doris and Donald Fisher: Gap, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
Dr. Thomas F. Frist: Frist Foundation, Nashville, Tenn.
Reverend J. Ronald Monan: Mass Mentoring Partnership, Boston, Mass.
Maria Shriver: CaliforniaVolunteers, Sacramento, Calif.
Elaine Wynn: Communities in Schools in Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev.
Environmental Education Award
Debra Weitzel, of Middleton High School in Middleton, Wis., has been awarded the 2007 Richard C. Bartlett Award from the Washington-based National Environmental Education Foundation, a nonprofit that provides information on environmental issues. This award’s $5,000 prize, sponsored by Torrance, Calif.-based Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., goes to recognize her attempts to integrate environmental education into her fifth grade class’s curriculum.
Science and Technology Award
U.S. Representative Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., has been awarded the first Innovation in Education Award from the New York City-based Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic branch of Verizon Communications, Inc., that supports education, health, and volunteerism. This award recognizes Rep. Gordon’s advocacy for teachers and his sponsorship of the America Competes Act, a bill intended to improve science and technology education.