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Carol Bright: 2017 Dawbarn Education Award Recipient

Each year, since 1992, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge selects recipients of the Dawbarn Education Award, which is given to local educators who make a difference in their community. 
People Places’ Director of the Pygmalion School, Carol Bright, is an award winner for 2017! 
Carol joined the team at People Places’ Pygmalion School in 1978. She has served as a special education teacher, case manager for children and their foster parents, supervisor, educational consultant, parenting skills trainer, and group leader for independent living skills for teens. Carol graduated with a B.S. from Madison College and a master’s in Education from James Madison University. In 2014, she received the J. Lewis Gibbs Distinguished Service Award, given by the Mental Health of Augusta Chapter, in recognition of her service in the field of mental health for children and their families.

The Dawbarn Education Awards recognizes those individuals who have most successfully:

  • Encouraged students to reach their full potential,
  • Inspired young people to set educational goals, and
  • Fostered a lifelong appreciation of learning in our youth.

According to their website, since the establishment of this award, over $1.5 million has been distributed, through 227 Dawbarn Education Awards, in recognition of extraordinary commitment to inspiring education and learning among the young people enrolled in public schools. 

This is the third time a People Places staff member has received this honor. Carol will be joining past People Places recipients, Debbie Winters and Jill Clark.
Jill (who nominated Carol) said, “Carol is excited, happy, overwhelmed, and humbled.”
She went on to explain, “As a previous award winner, I share that one doesn’t do the work we’re called to do for honor or fame or awards. We do it to make a difference, to brighten a child’s day, to encourage, uplift, mentor and teach.”
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