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ACTE Announces Arkansas Teacher as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 

ACTE Announces Arkansas Teacher as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Sue Gibson, family and consumer sciences teacher at Crossett Middle School in Crossett, Arkansas, as the recipient of the 2016 Region IV Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes educators who have used career and technical education (CTE) to make a significant impact on a community/humanitarian cause through leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement. This award was named in honor of the late Congressman Perkins, and is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the same humanitarian concerns exemplified by Congressman Perkins.

Since 2004, Sue Gibson has taught Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Investigations to every 7th grade student at Crossett Middle School. She also offers a popular Leadership and Service Learning elective to 8th graders. Gibson’s FCCLA chapter meets weekly to plan and carry out community service activities at the local, state and national levels.  They coordinate annual school-wide donation drives and fundraisers. Students organize donations of "wish list" items for patients at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, serving many Crossett families. In 2015, they collected 6,000 Box Tops for Education amounting to $600 used to buy Christmas gifts, school supplies and warm clothing for children in foster care in Ashley County. Gibson’s students contributed to a "kitchen shower" of gifts, gadgets, and new microwaves ovens for Ronald McDonald Houses in Little Rock and Memphis. They provided $1,000 worth of household materials in disaster packs and 1,700 food items to the Arkansas Rice Depot & Food Bank.

Gibson and her FACS students coordinate annual activities to contribute to breast cancer awareness, including the Ashley County Relay for Life luminary ceremony and a “Think Pink” week with daily announcements about cancer prevention and treatment. Gibson’s newest initiatives, "Kindness Week," encourages spontaneous acts of kindness and "Humane Hearts," donations for local animal shelters during FCCLA week prior to Valentine’s Day. Student Felicity Fisher says, “I know that I get a good feeling in my heart every time we complete a project because I can see the smiles on the faces of the people we are helping.” Gibson encourages her students to recognize the needs of others and make efforts to solve the problems when they can.  The chapter has won multiple state awards for their service projects.

Gibson is one of four finalists for the 2017 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 


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