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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Henson Award Honors Morris, Kids of Honor for Community Outreach

SALISBURY, MD---When a struggling student graduates from high school, it can be a victory beyond compare.

In Wicomico County, Paula Morris of the Management and Marketing Department of Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business has played a part in many of those victories as the founder of Kids of Honor, Inc., a non-profit organization that strives to give local youth the help they need to achieve that goal.

Recently, Morris accepted the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s 2009 Richard A. Henson Award of Excellence, honoring outstanding non-profit organizations on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore, on behalf of the organization. Community leader Jan Perdue presented the award during the foundation’s annual meeting.

“It is such an honor to receive this prestigious award.  We are blessed to work in such a caring and giving community,” said Morris. “Empowering youth to graduate from high school takes a lot of work. Many caring people share this award.”

Founded in 2001, Kids of Honor enhances 17 local youth programs by encouraging personal responsibility among their participants. Daily, Kids of Honor reaches about 500 youth in programs they already attend. Monthly, about 350 families are invited to attend Kids of Honor gatherings.

Additionally, Kids of Honor hosts a weekly club for high school youth. The results of their efforts have paid off. One hundred percent of its participants have graduated on time or ahead of schedule.
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