By Ashley McCann
Child & Family Resources (CFR) is hosting their Third Annual S.H.I.N.E. Educator of the Year Awards Gala, where they will honor four deserving professionals as Educator of the Year, while raising money for their organization.
The S.H.I.N.E. (Serves, Helps, Inspires, Nurtures, and Excels) Award will acknowledge educators in Morris County who have made a significant impact, going above and beyond to motivate and inspire their students.
“We find education important, starting straight out of the womb,” said Rebecca Sherrod, Executive Director of Child & Family Resources. “Children develop more in the first five years of their life than they do any other time throughout their life. So it’s really important that we acknowledge educators throughout these children’s lives, which is how we came up with the S.H.I.N.E. Awards.”
The gala honors not just school teachers, but also child care providers, professors, principals, before or after school staff, safety officers, guidance counselors, aides, and anyone who works with children and families in any capacity. They have been nominated online by students and members of the Morris County community, and will then receive final votes from the CFR board.
An educator from several different categories will win, including early education (birth to five years old), school district (pre-k to high school), and higher education (local college). A fourth category has also been added on for this year’s gala. The new category will honor someone in a corporate setting who works closely with educators or children.
The gala will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Mansion at Mountain Lakes. The night will consist of a cocktail hour, a live band, a silent auction, dinner, a slideshow, and the awards.
“Education will always have a special place in all of our hearts, no matter what type of school you went to.” Sherrod said. “It will be a fun night to learn more about education, to network with people and to get to know people in your community, so I would definitely encourage anyone to come.”
Tickets can be purchased for $89 on eventbrite.com by searching “SHINE Educator of the Year.” Sponsorship packages can be purchased on CFR’s website at cfrmorris.org/s-h-i-n-e-award. All proceeds go to Child & Family Resources and their efforts to support the development of children and strengthen their families.
In addition to honoring educators, the gala will also be a celebration of Child & Family Resources’ 50th anniversary. For the past 50 years, CFR has been providing many different services for Morris County, including childcare assistance, childcare provider trainings, CPR training, parenting coaching, and more. They also have a diaper bank for families in need of diapers for their young children, holiday shops for low-income families to receive gifts for their kids, and a back to school event to distribute school supplies. They even offered emergency childcare during the pandemic.
To learn more about CFR and how they help children and families in the community, visit cfrmorris.org.