Community First and Everything Else Will Follow: Honoring Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham with the 2015 Eartha Dengler History Award

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, over 150 people gathered to celebrate Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham for over 30 years of work in Lawrence with teachers and students as they received the 2015 Earth Dengler History Award:

"Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham have brought together their shared roots in both Phillips Academy and the city of Lawrence to develop a remarkable writing program for teachers that inspires young people to discover and draw on their own strengths. Working with teachers who are trained in both youth development and the teaching of writing, young students find their own voices, and tell their own stories. They take back the narratives of their lives and their community, and come to appreciate, perhaps for the first time, the unique value they bring to the communities they live in.

The Andover Bread Loaf (ABL) program, as it is formally known, is based at Phillips Academy and anchored in the immigrant city of Lawrence. Initially shaped by the challenges and the hopes of the city, through the guidance of Lou and Rich’s shared vision and passion, ABL has now grown to communities worldwide. Dozens of young writers are gathering weekly at El Taller / The Workshop in downtown Lawrence to share their work and their hopes. In Lawrence and beyond, hundreds of program “graduates” are helping to rebuild and transform their communities through their unlocked skills, their leadership, and their empowered understanding of who they are."

The Evening Program (download in PDF) included:

Arrival and Cocktail Hour
Music by The Wobbly Boys

Welcome

Mayor Daniel Rivera, City of Lawrence (including presentation of a proclamation for each of our honorees)
Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center
Armand Hyatt, General Counsel, Lawrence CommunityWorks/Union Crossing

Speakers

Michael Fiato, Headmaster, Lawrence High School
Fernando R. Alonso, Director of Outreach and Summer Session, Phillips Academy
Dixie Goswami, Bread Loaf Teacher Network, Middlebury College

Performances

Nate Baez, Dariana Guerrero, Keyla Rodriguez, Edwin Santana

Award Presentation

Maria De La Cruz, Constituent Aide to Senator L'Italien (presenting citation from Senator L'Italien)
Susan Grabski (presenting a citation from U.S. Senator Niki Tsongas)
Mary Guerrero and Adele Carter, Board of Directors, Lawrence History Center

With profound gratitude to honorees Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham, our host committee, sponsors, friends, and many others whose contributions have made the 2015 Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony possible…Click here for a List of EVENT SPONSORS!

Thanks to Sondra Longo and Amita Kiley we were able to capture the evening in pictures. We invite you to enjoy the album on our Facebook page below! Congratulations to our Honorees Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham!!

Honoring Lou Bernieri and Rich GorhamJune 18, 2015Union Crossing, 50 Island Street, Lawrence, MA(photo credits: Sondra Longo and Amita Kiley)

Posted by Lawrence History Center on Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony to Honor Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham - June 18, 2015

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It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Lawrence History Center announces the recipients of the 2015 Eartha Dengler History Award:

Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham

Lou Bernieri and Rich Gorham have brought together their shared roots in both Phillips Academy and the city of Lawrence to develop a remarkable writing program for teachers that inspires young people to discover and draw on their own strengths. Working with teachers who are trained in both youth development and the teaching of writing, young students find their own voices, and tell their own stories. They take back the narratives of their lives and their community, and come to appreciate, perhaps for the first time, the unique value they bring to the communities they live in.

The Andover Bread Loaf (ABL) program, as it is formally known, is based at Phillips Academy and anchored in the immigrant city of Lawrence. Initially shaped by the challenges and the hopes of the city, through the guidance of Lou and Rich’s shared vision and passion, ABL has now grown to communities worldwide. Dozens of young writers are gathering weekly at El Taller / The Workshop in downtown Lawrence to share their work and their hopes. In Lawrence and beyond, hundreds of program “graduates” are helping to rebuild and transform their communities through their unlocked skills, their leadership, and their empowered understanding of who they are.

2015 Eartha Dengler Award Ceremony Host Committee

Adele Carter
Mory Espaillat
Michael Fiato
Mary Guerrero
Rafael Guzman
Mike Hearn
Karen Kravchuk
John Palfrey
Mayor Daniel Rivera

Please join us as a guest and/or event sponsor on Thursday, June 18, 2015!

Lawrence Runners Lead the North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk!

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 (Race logo design by Robert Lussier)

May 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact(s): Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center, 978-686-9230

Lawrence Runners Lead the North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk

Lawrence, MA – Lawrence runners claimed top finishing positions in the open and under 18 categories at the Lawrence History Center North Canal Classic 5k road race yesterday. Overall men’s and women’s winners were Mike Dimavro in a time of 18:10.0 and Raquel Lara, in a time of 20:43.0. The under 18 division male winner was by Bryan Henriquez, age 16, in a time of 20:34.1 and under 18 female winner was Jone Perez, age 14, also of Lawrence, MA.

The Kids Canal Dash, held just prior to the start of the 5k, had boys and girls winners in two age categories: Age 6 and under winners were Carlito Veras, age 5 for the boys, and Dania De Jesus, age 6 for the girls. Yael Mercado, age 9, and Emilia Cutler, also age 9, won the boys and girls twelve and under. Winners were presented with passes to Canobie Lake Park in Salem NH.

Over 175 runners, walkers, and canal dashers came out to enjoy the event, which introduced Enel Green Power as the lead sponsor this year. “This was a great event and we are proud to be a part of raising the profile of the North Canal area and highlighting the work of the History Center,” said Randald Bartlett, Northeast Operations Manager. “The Merrimack River has played such a critical role in the history of this city and continues to be an important part of its future.”

Other sponsors included Enterprise Bank, Coco and Early Associates, Lawrence General Hospital, Mainstream Global, Bell Tower Management, Everett Mills, Canal St. Gym and Fitness Appeal, Joseph Bella and the Sidell Family.

Full results of the race can be found at Cool Running.com:
http://www.coolrunning.com/results/15/ma/May17_NorthC_set1.shtml

May 18, 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact(s): Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center,...

Posted by Lawrence History Center on Monday, May 18, 2015

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