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Annual Humanitarian and Children of the Dream Awards To Be Presented at Celebration
Annual Humanitarian and Children of the Dream Awards To Be Presented at Celebration

 

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee announces the winners of its annual Humanitarian Award and the Children of the Dream Awards, to be presented at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 16 at 4 p.m.  The annual tribute and musical celebration will be held at the Strathmore Music Center, 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda.

          This year’s Humanitarian Award will be presented to Dr. Hattie N. Washington, founder and president of “Aunt Hattie’s Place,” a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, stable, nurturing and long-term home for abused, abandoned and neglected children in foster care. 

          Dr. Washington served as Assistant Superintendent of the Baltimore Public Schools and was the first female to serve as President of Coppin State University in Baltimore.  She founded Aunt Hattie’s Place in 1997 with the first home opening in Baltimore.  Her third home opened in Montgomery County and serves teenage boys.  The Maryland Department of Human Resources cited Aunt Hattie’s Place as a model for other group homes because of the significant progress residents have made in their academics and self esteem.

          The 2012 Children of the Dream Awards are annually presented to one male and one female high school student, or group or club, who demonstrate outstanding character and community and school involvement.  This year’s recipients are Rabia Missana, a junior at Quince Orchard High School and the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. program at Gaithersburg High School.

          Rabia Missana participates in a number of school and community activities.  She volunteers with the City of Gaithersburg and with a non-profit called Ivorian Hope Charities.  Rabia believes strongly in seeking volunteer opportunities that serve her community.  She aspires to be a doctor and provide medical care in third world countries.

          Students participating in Gaithersburg High School’s B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. (Brothers Reaching Out To Help Each Reach Success) program support one another in academic, social and emotional growth.  The program introduces positive role models to young men to help them tackle daily challenges.  Through this program, members find the discipline and confidence they need to make safe and positive life choices.  B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. members provide mentoring to middle and elementary students on a weekly basis.  One of the goals of the B.R.O.T.H.E.R. program is to have every senior in the program graduate on schedule and continue to find ways to give back to the program and to the community.  Since the program’s inception in 1989, 100 percent of the members have graduated high school with a large number going on to college.

          “We have thousands of people who everyday contribute their time, talents, energy and resources to make Montgomery County such a wonderful place to live,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett.  “These award winners are outstanding examples of that corroborative spirit of our community.”

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