The Children of NCS Honored at 9th Annual Children’s Awards Ceremony
A Night All About the Children
The 9th Annual Children’s Awards proved to be a successful event with the biggest turnout yet, as every seat in the banquet room was taken at Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West to honor and celebrate the exceptional children of Northern Children’s Services.
The night started off with a delicious dinner for the kids and their families to enjoy, which included salad, chicken nuggets, pasta and of course, cookies, followed by an awards ceremony. Staying true to tradition, the awards were divided into different categories, including Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, School Attendance, Social Improvement, Special Recognition Awards, Alumni Award, Graduate Award, the Kenneth Hawkins Award, the James Tera Memorial Award and the Jesse Warner Memorial Award.
Find out who was honored for each award, as well as the meaning behind the awards by clicking here to see the program.
Kevin Weber, Director of Recreation and Volunteers, stepped up the podium to announce the winners. Weber is an icon at Northern Children’s Services and throughout the night continuously recognized for his passion and dedication to helping the children improve in behavior and academics. This commitment to the mission of Northern Children’s Services, is what helped lead Michael Daniels to win the Alumni Award.
“You knew what I was when you picked me up”
The Alumni Award is rewarded to a Northern Children’s Services graduate, who has demonstrated a commitment to all of the other award categories. A resident of Northern Home for Children in the early 90’s, Daniels now returns to Northern Children’s Services to work as a lifeguard. After accepting his award, Daniels gave an emotional speech, paying tribute to Weber and other staff members who helped him through those dark times.
“You knew what I was when you picked me up,” Daniels quoted a story told to him during his time at Northern Home for Children and explained to the crowd that that same story is what guided him to a better life.
We will be doing a feature story on Michael Daniels to highlight his accomplishment. Please check back to find this story on our website and social media outlets.
In addition to the children rewarded, one other recipient included Michelle Y. Drake, a resident of the Generations Programs, who despite being nervous, gave an exceptional speech to the audience. In it, Drake explained how the Generations program gave her back her life and made her believe in herself.
To learn more about our Generations program, as well as news of the exciting new building that will help expand this program, click here.
In all, the 9th Annual Children’s Awards exceeded all expectations. It was a night full of pride and happiness for the children who continue to overcome obstacles and beat the odds.
Congratulations to all of the honorees!
On behalf of everyone at Northern Children’s Services, we congratulate the honorees and are so proud of their accomplishments. We look forward to continuing to make the Annual Children’s Awards a bigger and better event.
You can find pictures of the fantastic night on our Facebook page.