Still Time To Nominate An ‘Unsung Hero’

OSWEGO, NY – The Children’s Board of Oswego is accepting nominations for its annual Unsung Hero Award.

Applications may be sent via email ([email protected]) or by mail to PO Box 373, Oswego, NY 13126 through March 21.

The committee will meet to review all applications subsequent to this. Those that will receive the award will be notified shortly after this and the presentation of the award will take place on April 17.

There is an unsung hero committee that reviews all of the applications and reads the letters of recommendation, according to Melissa Barcomb, treasurer of the board and chair of the committee.

“It’s not an easy choice, as we have many community members that do so much for our children,” she said. “We look for an individual who has given to our children usually above and beyond what is required of them perhaps in their normal job requirements. We look for someone who has touched the lives of many children and take into consideration the impact this has had on the children of our community.”

There are anywhere between five to 10 nominees on a given year on average.

Each spring, the Children’s Board recognizes members of the community that have aligned their focus with the board’s, Barcomb explained.

“We do so many great things for the community. That is why is so rewarding to be part of such a great group. Recently, we worked on the poison prevention efforts in our schools throughout Oswego County,” she said.

On the same night as the Unsung Hero award, scholarships will be presented o three students in the Oswego County area.

The board also adopts a family in need each month; brings culturally enriching activities to the area through book readings, plays, arts and crafts; and recently hosted ice skating at the college’s campus center.

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