CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Board of Education has chosen the Jackson Kelly law firm as the first recipient of the Community Leader of the Year Award. An award ceremony is slated from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Embassy Suites in Charleston.
Jackson Kelly was chosen because of its Education Elevators Program, an outreach program created in 2007 with Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston. As part of the Elevators Program, Jackson Kelly partners and employees work closely with the staff at Piedmont to support students one-on-one with academics, self-esteem and special interests.
“Children gain a great deal when adults and businesses volunteer their time and talent and share their resources with schools,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “A healthy dose of volunteerism is good for the school, the community and the soul.”
About 380,000 West Virginia residents, one in four, dedicate 71.5 million hours volunteering every year, often as a coach, referee, tutor, teacher or mentor, according to Volunteering in America. Since 1989, the percentage of West Virginia volunteers in education, such as Jackson Kelly’s Education Elevators Program, has more than doubled from 9.8 percent to 25.5 percent.
“Jackson Kelly’s partnership with Piedmont is a vital part of our firm’s commitment to education and the community,” said Jackson Kelly CEO Mike Foster. “This award honors our relationship with Piedmont, its innovative leadership and dedicated staff, as well as the individual and collective efforts of Jackson Kelly’s personnel to help kids achieve a brighter future.”
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
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