Three community leaders honored at the Kids Front & Center, hosted by SI’s Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Three outstanding community leaders were honored at the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC at the Kids Front and Center in Staten Island, a virtual event, on Sunday.

At the event, the JCC recognized Lieutenant Rafet Awad, Rose Kerr and Miriam Prat-Jerez for their work on behalf of children. The event supported JCC programs that help children find a new start academically, socially and emotionally during and after the pandemic.

“I would like to recognize and thank our award recipients, Lieutenant Rafet Awad, Rose Kerr and Miriam Prat-Jerez, for their tireless work in the service of the children of our community,” said Orit Lender, CEO of JCC. “We are proud of your work and thank you for everything you have done to improve the lives of our children.

Jozette Carter Williams, Bryn Biren and Linda Brill were the co-chairs of the event.

Orit Lender, CEO of the JCC. (Courtesy JCC)

PROGRAMS AT JCC SUPPORT STUDENTS

Recognizing the toll the pandemic has taken on children and families, the JCC has created programs to help children struggling with schoolwork and social interactions. Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the JCC hosted five Learning Bridges sites to provide in-person support to families during distant school days.

The programs reflected a normal school day by providing lessons, socialization and recreation, allowing children to thrive as if they were in a normal school setting. The organization has also offered in-person after-school programs, camps, sports and music lessons throughout the past year.

“The funds raised this morning will support the JCC children’s programs. Over the past year and a half, these programs have provided a lifeline for so many families on Staten Island, ”Lender added. “We have served thousands of children during the pandemic, providing in-person educational and recreational opportunities through a variety of programs including early childhood education, camp, learning bridges, sports and music.

“With your help, we can continue to help children find a new beginning throughout the next stage of the pandemic and beyond. “

Courtesy JCC

The Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC at the Kids Front and Center in Staten Island, a virtual event, on Sunday, October 24. (JCC authorization)

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The Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC at the Kids Front and Center in Staten Island, a virtual event, on Sunday, October 24. (JCC authorization)


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