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Each year, Natick Education Foundation recognizes the enormous value of community service by awarding three major honors during our Shining Light Ceremony: the Harriet F. Siegel Shining Light Award, the Educator Shining Light Award and the Community Business Shining Light Award. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7pm at The Center for the Arts in Natick. All are invited to attend!
THE HARRIET F. SIEGEL SHINING LIGHT AWARD
is given to an individual who has made a sustained volunteer contribution that has increased the quality of life in Natick in a broad sense over a long period of time, including, but not limited to, supporting educational excellence and strong schools; and/or made an outstanding, major contribution at a particular point in time to quality education. NEF seeks especially to honor those who foster creativity, embody the spirit of volunteerism, support the accomplishments of others, work to the highest standard of excellence, show wisdom and humor.
SHINING LIGHT AWARD
is given to an individual who has made a sustained outstanding professional and/or personal contribution to Natick’s children through dedicated advocacy for strengthening education; creativity in the pursuit of higher standards of educational excellence, an ability to inspire a love of learning and desire to excel, and/or providing mentoring and guidance in helping our children develop into responsible, productive adults.
JAN PHLEGAR AWARD
NEF’s Inspiration In Education Award
Natick is very fortunate to have a vibrant public school community thanks to the excellence of the teaching staff. Over the years, NEF become aware of truly stellar contributions being made by teachers in the classroom – creativity that was infectious and engaging and captured the imagination of students. In 2010, NEF decided to do something very specific to recognize these special educators and clearly affirm that the community values their efforts. NEF created the Jan Phlegar Inspiration in Education Award, named after Jan Phlegar an original founding member of NEF and who continues to support our efforts in her retirement:
Jan served NEF continuously through 2009 as a Board Member and several times as its President or Co-President.
Jan’s energy and humor enlivened many a Board meeting and event. She has truly been an inspiration to so many of us who have joined this great organization.
More recently she has extended her support of NEF through the direction of funds from the Nellie Mae Foundation, where she serves on the Board.
The award comes with a $1000 grant to be used for an educational purpose of the awardee’s choosing. The only restriction is it must adhere to the normal requirements of the Natick Public Schools.
NEF awards several scholarships each spring to graduating Natick High School seniors who plan a career in education. Applicants must be going on to a 2 or 4 year school to major in education. A brief essay is required that describes his or her interest in teaching. Students interested in applying for an NEF scholarship should contact the Guidance Office at Natick High School.