ECHO Award Winners - 2009


Dr. Lee Beall has bridged social capital by enriching the lives of both physically disabled and non-disabled children, their families, and their teachers.  Twenty years ago Dr. Beall, a retired Professor of Music at Winston-Salem State University, started an ongoing musical exchange between developmentally disabled children at Carter Vocational High School and typically developing children at Summit School.  This innovative program has resulted in relationship-building, trust and understanding, self-confidence and fulfillment, and enlightened minds, creating new friendships between the two groups of students.  Dr. Beall continues to build relationships by teaching chorus at Carter Vocational, as well as wheelchair dancing at The Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled.  Dr. Beall (“Bell”) was nominated by Ann Guill.

Mitchell Britt has bridged social capital in our community through his innovative Supplement slow-food dinners that bring together young and old; black, white and Hispanic; those who are economically comfortable and those who are struggling; to share locally grown meals.  These monthly dinners are held in various backyards and living rooms across Winston-Salem.  Individuals come to the dinner as strangers and leave as friends, building our community little-by-little.  Mitchell has also worked to educate the community on building a more sustainable environment and economy through initiatives such as his Compost Exchange and Community Garden.  Mitchell was nominated by Jonathan Milner.

Deloris Huntley has built social capital through the Alpha and Omega Family Institute.  Deloris established the Family Institute, located on Gray Avenue, to provide a place where individuals could access programs and services in their own neighborhood.  Programming includes afterschool tutoring help for children, healthy cooking classes, prenatal classes, a HIV/AIDS and Young Women’s Health and Wellness conference, and a Children’s Health Fair.  Area residents, many facing huge challenges, are able to gather new information, learn new skills and ultimately learn to trust and contribute back to the community.  Deloris was nominated by Tracey Maxwell.

Robert Leak III has built social capital through his leadership in the Easton neighborhood that he calls home.  As president of the Easton Youth Neighborhood Association, Robert has worked to build community - by organizing a neighborhood canned food drive, a coat drive for the homeless, and a community cleanup, while also providing tutoring support for Easton Elementary School students.  His intentional efforts to reach out to his diverse community include printing flyers in Spanish as well as English so that the Latino population is included in neighborhood activities.  At only 20 years-old, Robert is an inspiring role model for youth in the community. Robert was nominated by Ashley Huling.

The Reynolda Rotary Club of Winston-Salem has bridged social capital through its innovative partnership with Cook Elementary School since 2003.  The Club’s initial involvement entailed financial donations for playground and other outdoor equipment, as well as mentoring and tutoring time commitments.  Over time, bonding relationships have developed between the diverse groups of Rotary members, students, teachers and school administration, resulting in improved student self-confidence, test score gains, trust building and stereotype elimination.  Additional traditions have also been established, including a book fair, an annual Holiday Party and a scholarship fund at Winston-Salem State University.  The Reynolda Rotary Club was nominated by Barbara Cassidy.

 

 

 
 


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