Think back to your years in school and to the people who impacted you most.

Who do you remember?

And why?

Our years in school are some of our most formative. Beyond what we learn, it is the people and moments that matter most– when we are seen and accepted for who we are.

When we are helped to feel like we belong.

This award seeks to celebrate those moment-makers.

The friends who, growing up, showed us unconditional kindness. That gentle spirit who, without fanfare, uplifted our classmates and peers. That unsung hero who goes out of their way to be a good friend– in the playground, in the lunchroom, in the classes and hallways.

We also seek to highlight the melamdim and mechanchos in our schools who show commitment to their students in examplanetary ways. Who create opportunities for inclusivity and belonging inside their classrooms or throughout the school community. Who value the whole child and, along with nurturing the neshama, promote the mental, emotional and physical wellness of their students. The teacher, classmate or childhood friend who recognizes that when a child struggles, we must open our hearts and widen the circle of acceptance.

As a community, we will honor these special educators and childhood friends and the ripples of their kind actions.

And together, we will honor Yocheved Gourarie A”H: her life and her legacy.

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their kindness?

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