2022 FREEDOM THROUGH LITERACY AWARDS
Jamaica, NY Educator and a Municipal Librarian in Romania Captured Top Awards
2022 Grand Prize Winner of $2,500
Faola Fair (she/they), New York City high school teacher, Grand Prize Winner, 2022 Freedom Through Literacy Award
2022 “Judith’s Award”: $1,500 awarded to the champion of literacy teacher, librarian or author
Ms. Dominique Zara, municipal librarian, Resita, Romania wins the 2022 Freedom Through Literacy “Judith’s Award.”
The Board of Directors names 2022 Board Option prizes:
Caesar, a Judith’s Reading Room Honorable Mention awardee in 2021, is recognized for her unrelenting optimism and passion to build a reading culture at her Title 1 school that serves a large population living in temporary housing. Her newsworthy project, “Book Vending Machine” capitalizes on a reward system to honor good citizenship with tokens that are used to “purchase” a new book, much like one would purchase a candy bar out of a vending machine. Her brainchild, the “Book Vending Machine” project has been shared with at least five other principals. In recognition of Dr. Lisette’s devotion as founder and principal of Mosaic Preparatory Academy, where the youngest of scholars are prepared for college, Caesar wins a 2022 Board Option Award in the amount of $200.
Laskin’s work with Poetry Outreach is distinctive: MFA students are sent into under-served communities in NYC in order to write and publish poetry. A new initiative, “Poetry at the Border,” will encourage children whose families are seeking asylum to write poetry about their experience. In this manner, she helps children deal with trauma following horrible events like hurricanes (Puerto Rico), children who are escaping atrocities (Honduras, Nicaragua and Myanmar), and children who are surviving life while housed in camps at the border. For her work to enable children to unload their grief and to empower marginalized voices through poetry, Laskin wins a 2022 Board Option Award in the amount of $200.
2022 Honorable Mentions
The 2022 Freedom Through Literacy Award winners will be acknowledged at an invitation-only ZOOM Award Celebration on Sunday, September 18th.
The 2023 FREEDOM THROUGH LITERACY AWARD APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE IN JANUARY 2023