The Stokes Partnership for Children annual meeting was held on June 12 at Palmyra Methodist Church in Germanton. About 55 key stakeholders of the organization, including board members, donors, elected officials, county and city officials, early childhood professionals, public school staff and school officials, YVEDDI Head Start staff, program contractors and SPC staff gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. Joan Sherif, Board Chair, brought the meeting to order after a meal was served consisting of John Brown’s Barbecue and all the fixings. This menu was selected in order to give everyone a sampling of the food to be served at October’s BBQ for Books with a Side of Bluegrass, SPC’s largest fundraising event.
Board terms were renewed for Stacey Elmes, Dept. of Social Services; Stacey Inman, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare; Susan Hairston, Mudpies of King; Roosevelt Pitt, Charles the Chef; and Misti Holloway, Stokes Early College. Officers for 2018 were elected and include Joan Sherif, Chair; Roosevelt Pitt, Vice Chair; Ann Watts, Secretary and Jen DeRidder, Treasurer.
Prior to the conclusion of the event, Stephanie Shockley, SPC Board Member and past recipient of the Champion for Children Individual Partner Award, recognized the 2018 Champion for Children Award recipients. Jen DeRidder with YMCA Camp Hanes, was named the Champion for Children Individual Partner. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare was named the Champion for Children Community Partner and Cameron Rogatsios and her King Elementary School Pre-K Classroom was named the Champion for Children Early Childhood Partner. The Champion for Children awards recognize individuals, community organizations and early childhood programs that exemplify exceptional support to the young children of Stokes County through monetary donations, time or talent or provide exceptional services and programming for young children.
According to Cindy Tuttle, SPC Executive Director, “This is one way to give a little back to the community and to share our progress from the past year. It is important to keep our stakeholders up-to-date on our work. It’s also a great time to have some fun and share what’s ahead.”
Stokes Partnership for Children, known primarily as the administrators for local Smart Start and NC Pre-Kindergarten funds, is a non-profit organization designed to provide programs and services for families and young children in Stokes County.
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