The Loveland Board of Education with Interim Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse honored lifelong civil rights leader and Loveland Class of 1948 graduate Reverend A.J. Hamilton with the Superintendent’s Award at the November 28 Board Business Meeting. The award was given in response to Rev. Hamilton’s community forum “Love Always Finds a Way” which served to bring community leaders together to discuss building empathy through conversation around diversity. Rev. Hamilton could not be in attendance for the presentation, so his nephew, Larry Hamilton – also a Loveland graduate, received the award on Rev. Hamilton’s behalf.
“Rev. Hamilton is a teacher at heart, and during his community forum – I was his student,” said Crouse. “The lessons I learned from him started me on a path to bring the essence of his mission – building empathy – to the forefront of our district work for our students through our Tiger Care goal.”
Crouse has worked alongside Loveland High School (LHS) student-leaders in the “My Voice, My Choice” district-wide anti-bullying program to help develop a student-designed story sharing initiative. The program, which will allow students to record video messages to a younger version of themselves, will be funded through a $5,000 donation from Mosaic Church. During the November 28 Business Meeting LHS student-leader Sawyer Jones presented the team’s plan to the Board of Education.
“We plan to launch the program with two videos,” explained Jones. “The first video will be titled Dear High School Me and will consist of Loveland High School alumni spreading messages through short video clips to current high school students. The messages will be motivational and include advice and personal stories. The next video will consist of the same content, but it will be called Dear Middle School Me. Instead of Loveland alumni, the current senior class will participate in the video and will spread their knowledge to their younger peers.”
Additionally students plan to bring speakers promoting bullying awareness to the district and organize activities for students that will promote unity.
“We wanted Rev. Hamilton to know that his work will continue beyond his forum,” said Crouse. “Our intention of setting up this story sharing campaign is that Rev. Hamilton’s message will positively impact our students for years to come. I personally want to thank him for including me, and our entire Tiger Family, as a part of his amazing journey.”
Photo caption: LHS student-leader Sawyer Jones presented the draft plan for a My Voice, My Choice Unity Week to a full house at the November 28 Board of Education Business Meeting.
Top Photo caption: Rev. A.J. Hamilton’s nephew Larry Hamilton received the Superintendent’s Award from Loveland Interim Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse on behalf of his uncle. The award was presented to honor Rev. Hamilton for his lifelong dedication to civil rights at the November 28 Board of Education Business Meeting.