Each year, Community School recognizes people and organizations who have been influential in the community and demonstrated the humanitarianism, altruism and social conscience that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exemplified. Known as the Local Hero Award, the program began in 1996 as a way to honor the legacy of Dr. King. The award has been presented continuously over the past 16 years.
The Local Hero Award selection committee is comprised of eight Community School middle school students who spend several weeks studying the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the history of civil rights in the United States.
For more information on Local Hero contact Katrina Hill at Katrina@communityschool.net.
2017 Diane Kelly and Frank House
2016 Monique Ingram
2015 Roanoke City Police Officer Travis Akins
2014 Susan Bentley
2013 St. Francis Service Dogs
2012 Angels of Assisi
2011 Big Brothers, Big Sisters of SWVA
2010 Betsy Bursey
2009 Judi Jackson
2008 Student Recipients, including Jameel McMillan, Datrea Muse and Seth Jordan
2007 Vivian Sanchez Jones
2006 Pearl Fu
2005 Diane Elliot
2004 Mike Hudson
2003 Susan Chapman
2002 Orrin Clifton
1996 Evelyn Bethel