Last Thursday night, the civic and business community of Amherst gathered for the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce A+ Awards, where AEF was awarded the A+ Award for Community Service! This award recognizes more than two decades of dedicated service to our public schools by dozens of board members and volunteers. We are appreciative of the Chamber and its various members, many of whom have been regular supporters of AEF, for this special recognition. We were also honored with citations from the MA State Senate and House of Representatives.
AEF was excited to share the stage with founding member Rep. Ellen Story, who was honored with the A+ Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a very special night!
A short video produced by Amherst Media for the awards ceremony can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnXen32QlmA
Did You Know?
Did you know that the Town of Amherst's decision to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day was inspired by a proposal from 8th grade students from Amherst Regional Middle School? Students in Matthew Venditti's social studies class studied and discussed the issue in Fall 2015, and then some interested students formed a group called Student Advocates for Change. They encouraged the Town of Amherst to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, presented their arguments twice to the town's Human Rights Commission, invited State Rep. Ellen Story to hear their arguments, presented to the regional school committee, and finally made a presentation to Amherst Town Meeting on May 18, 2016, which is the date Town Meeting approved the change. Amherst was the first town in Massachusetts to adopt Indigenous Peoples' Day!