Graduating Newburyport High School senior Samantha Lor accepts a check for $1,000 at the Starboard Galley from Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport President Claudette Beerman as the club’s Maria Iacono Memorial ACE Award winner for overcoming the obstacles in her life to achieve academic success. Last month she was also awarded a $2,000 New England District Exchange Club ACE Award and a $500 Maria Beerman Community Service Scholarship at the New England District Convention in North Conway. She is now under consideration for a $10,000 National Exchange Club ACE Award in Houston in July. She finished 16th in her class and was a captain of the girls’ soccer team. This fall she will attend Worchester Polytech Institute.
The A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award recognizes high school students who have had to overcome great physical, emotional, or social obstacles and are now eligible for high school graduation.
It is with great pleasure that the Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport presents this year’s ACE Award winner – Samantha Lor. We learned very fast that the word can’t is not part of Samantha’s vocabulary. Samantha Lor is the first ACE candidate from Newburyport to achieve this recognition.
“Blue ribbons are widely recognized in child abuse prevention,” said Claudette Beerman, President of the Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport. “Up to 75,000 reports are made to DCF each year. Thanks to Barbara Griffith and her committee for putting up more than fifty Blue Ribbons on light posts to raise awareness of child abuse.”
Blue Ribbons. Jim Noyes, Andy Griffith, Kieran Joyce, Barbara Griffith and Stu Deane pose in Market Square with a sample ribbon.
Pettengill House. Executive Director Deborah Smith accepts the club’s donation of $1,000 from President-Elect Joe Murphy and President Claudette Beerman.
The annual presentation of stuffed animals and coloring supplies to local police and fire departments for use with children in stressful situations.
Officers. Co-chair Erin Fournier, Groveland Detective Heather Riley, co-chair Tracy Garbers and Newburyport Inspector Mike Sugrue pose with sample stuffed animals at the Starboard Galley on April 19.
Presidents. Regional VP Cindy Harb of Plaistow, who is running for National President, President Claudette Beerman of Newburyport and New England District President Terry Rivard of Montachusett pause for a photo at the end of the meeting.
The blue ribbon has been widely recognized as a national symbol of child abuse prevention. Here in Massachusetts, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) receives more than 75,000 reports on children each year.
The Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport has placed Blue Ribbons on light posts in downtown Newburyport. The blue ribbons are in support of children and families to prevent child abuse and neglect. The blue ribbon is a positive symbol of the need to do one’s best when it comes to children and families.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.
Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport is doing a couple of things….
- Distributing Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE) that were collected in March, to give these children a little joy during these troubling times to local Police and Fire to have in their vehicles. The Police and Fire Departments use the stuffed animals to ease the children’s nerves and calm their fears. These donations let the children know you care and give them hope in a world that at times seems so very cold.
- For two weeks there will be large Blue Ribbons hanging for the light poles in downtown Newburyport.
- Making a contribution to the Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center. The Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center (CFSC) is a child abuse prevention and family education center that has 9 programs within. Our programs, in one manner or another, focus on parent and early childhood education. We work towards 5 major goals: increasing parental and child resiliency, helping develop a support network and concrete supports in time of need, helping parents understand child development while teaching effective parenting skills and developing social and emotional competency in all family members. Our programs also focus on community education and collaboration. We have several community partners located throughout the Merrimack Valley and Essex County.