The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township honored 140 students and adults with its 2017 Dare to Dream Awards
The fourth annual awards ceremony, hosted by MSD Wayne Director of Special Services Tara Rinehart and Fox 59 News Reporter Gabby Gonzalez, was recognized by the reporter who opened the ceremony stating, “Your zest for students’ success is contagious, as you model empathy, passion, courage, and grit.”
The awards are designed to acknowledge the efforts of students, educators, and community members. For example, the Daredevil Award, recognizes students’ willingness and ability to take risks and show courage while taking on new challenges. The Dreamchaser Award, recognizes students for setting long-term goals and working to achieve them. The Advocate Award was recognizes relationship building and advocacy for the needs of students with disabilities. The Educator Award gives special recognition to those who design instructional opportunities for students that stretch their learning. The Community Member Award recognizes support of inclusive practices in the school and community.
Terry Brahm, special education teacher at the Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center and a former Olympic athlete, gave the keynote address. Dom Day, assistant principal at Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center, received the Administrator Award for ensuring an inclusive environment for all students.
MSD Wayne Township also acknowledges and expresses appreciation to the Ben Davis Dads for their contribution to help fund the ceremony.
This post was created in collaboration with Mary Lang, Chief Communications Officer, MSD of Wayne Township.
Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.