A SusanvilleStuff Feature
Melissa Blosser, Assistant Editor
Lassen Family Services is accepting nominations for the fifth annual Empathy in Education award. The LFS Child Abuse Treatment Program, or CHAT, conceived to recognize the front-line role school personnel play in strengthening families and preventing child abuse. They present the award for Child Abuse prevention month in April.
“We are trying to get as many nominations as possible,” said Shayla Ashmore, Lassen Family Serviced Therapist. “In the past we have received applications for a school nurse, maintenance workers, and aid, teacher, really it can be anyone.”
Empathy in Education recognizes individuals who are caring, compassionate, sensitive and look out for the needs of students. Anyone can nominate a teacher, aide, lunch-room personnel, principal, school secretary, bus driver or anyone else who works in a school, for the Empathy in Education Award by submitting an application of 150 words, more or less, why the nominee deserves the award.
The award winner will receive a package of prizes donated by local merchants and mention in local media announcements. Nominations are due by March 29, to the school office, at the LFS web site – lassenfamilyservices.org, via email to [email protected], or via regular mail to Teresa Rivera, Lassen Family Services CHAT program coordinator, 1306 Riverside Drive, Susanville, CA 96130. Or you can leave them in the school office and CHAT therapist Shayla Ashmore will pick them up.
These people are really on the front-line for reporting child abuse and trauma,” said Ashmore. “They need to be recognized for empathy they provide and their help in identifying the abuse as it truly contributes to prevention and the healing to the child once the abuse is recognized.”