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Renee Rogers is named Sgt. Jeff Greene Humanitarian of the Year
Renee Rogers, a fourth-grade teacher at Antioch Elementary School, has been chosen for the 2015 Sgt. Jeff Greene Memorial Humanitarian Award.
Rogers, the first person to be awarded the recognition, was presented with the award earlier this month. She also received a $1,000 prize.
Rogers said she was grateful to Chuck "Horn" Schermerhorn with Allen Tate Realty for honoring her with the award.
“Chuck wanted to recognize teachers, firefighters, policeman and medics. Who does that nowadays?” Rogers said. “He does, so ‘Thank you, Chuck.’ “
After accepting the award, she challenged others to give back to the community as well. “I dare you to find something you are passionate about and make a difference. You will get the bigger blessing from it!”
Rogers is active in her community. She volunteers in Union County and abroad.
She plays a major role in the local nonprofit, Food for Families, which packs food bags for 335 students in four Union County schools every week - including Antioch, where she teaches. Food for Families provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner items in the bags.
Rogers also volunteers abroad, in that she helped establish a library in a Mexican orphanage.
Two years ago, staff at Antioch Elementary wanted to help buy books for the orphanage, so that students would have Spanish books of their 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.
The Katie Kidz’s group provides 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,” said Kimberly Kovach, Media Coordinator. “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.”
Rogers is no stranger to recognition. She was Antioch Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.
There were two runners-up in the award: Sun Valley High School teacher Gary Anderson and Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay. Both were recognized during the awards ceremony.
Written by: Kimberly Kovach, Antioch Media Coordinator; Photo courtesy of The Enquirer Journal
Posted: Mar 18, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe