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Renee Rogers Recognized as the 2015 Union County Humanitarian of the Year

Renee Rogers, 4th grade teacher, with Chuck "Horn" Shermerhorn, after being given the 2015 Sgt. Jeff Greene Memorial Humanitarian Award.

 Antioch Elementary is so proud of Renee Rogers, a 4th grade teacher, who was the first-ever recipient of the 2015 Sgt. Jeff Greene Memorial Humanitarian Award on Friday, March 6. She is actively involved in community service and volunteering here in Union County and abroad. She was also Antioch Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.

Along with being a teacher, mother and wife, Mrs. Rogers is the founder of a local nonprofit organization, Food for Families, LLC. They pack food bags for 335 students in four Union County Schools every week - including Antioch. They provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner items in the bags. In America, one out of every four students is hungry, so Food for Families works to change that statistic!

She also has worked to establish a library in a Mexican Orphanage. Two years ago, Antioch Elementary wanted to help buy books for those orphans to have Spanish books of their very own that they could read and enjoy. They participated in a change drive, and collected over $300 that bought over 100 books for the orphans’ library. This school global project helped the orphans find a love for reading that they may not have, and Mrs. Rogers hand-delivered books to the orphanage in the summer of 2013.

In addition, Renee has spearheaded supply drives for the past several years at Antioch Elementary to benefit Katie’s Kidz, another local nonprofit group founded in 2007 by then-6-year-old Katie Greene. Katie Kidz’s mission is to provide presents for children who are hospitalized during the Christmas holidays. The most recent was in December 2014, when Mrs. Rogers organized a character Band-Aid drive.

Renee Rogers is a dedicated, caring educator with a huge heart for reaching out to those in need in our community. We know that teachers, police officers, medics and firefighters all work hard for their community, so it is wonderful when they are recognized for their efforts in and out of the workplace.

After receiving the award, Mrs. Rogers said, “I want to personally thank Chuck "Horn" Schermerhorn with Allen Tate Realty for honoring me with the 2015 Sgt. Jeff Greene Memorial Humanitarian Award! Chuck wanted to recognize teachers, firefighters, policeman and medics. Who does that nowadays? He does so thank you Chuck! Also thank you to my family and friends that came out to support me tonight and any other time. Most importantly I want to thank God for letting me get up every day and loving me when I'm not lovable! I dare you to find something you are passionate about and make a difference. You will get the bigger blessing from it!”

Written by: Kimberly Kovach, Media Coordinator
Posted: Mar 12, 2015 by Kimberly Kovach

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