CGI African American Achievement Dinner To Honor Local Programs and Teachers

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 11:00am

2014 honoree, Ms. Petal Robertson

2014 honoree, Ms. Petal Robertson

The Civics and Government Institute (CGI) of Montclair High School will be host the annual African American Achievement Dinner on February 27 in the Atrium of the George Innes Annex. The community dinner will honor the achievements of The Brother to Brother Program, The Sister to Sister Program, and Petal Robertson, a MHS teacher, for their work in Montclair’s African American community.

The African American Achievement Dinner/Scholarship fund was created by two CGI students, Henry Johnson and Crystal Hopkins, back in 2005. The dinner honored a person in the MHS community whose work and efforts were creating positive change in the African American community. After a few years, the students began honoring an individual within MHS and a community organization.

Previous Honorees:

  • 2005: Joyce Hobbs and Al Valentine (guidance counselor and school security officer)
  • 2006: Jenkins and Ann Thornhill (school secretary and former English teacher)
  • 2007: Phil Easton (former History teacher/Lead Teacher of Center for Social Justice)
  • 2008: Frank Green and Ernestine Gordon (former History teacher and former Dean of Attendance)
  • 2009: Officer Nelson
  • 2010: Robert Edwards (former Head Custodian of MHS – now at Bullock)
  • (2011 dinner was cancelled because of snow)
  • 2012: Doug Moore and Montclair NAACP – Mr. Reynolds accepted for NAACP (History teacher/Football coach)
  • (2013 dinner was cancelled because of snow)
  • 2014: Petal Robertson, Brother to Brother (Joe Davis accepting), and Sister to Sister (Adele Katz accepting)

CGI African American Achievement DinnerThis year’s planning committee is headed by Nadeem Ali, Rebecca Chevat, Jack Giordano, Marina Pole, Elena Tsemberis, and Hannah Warshawsky. The theme of this year’s dinner is “Empowerment.” The evening will include great food and wonderful music with entertainment from Jazz House Kids, vocalist Jason Smith, a poetry recitation by Jessica Roy, and a classical dance number.

The scholarship recipient is chosen in late May. The criteria used to determine the recipient are the student’s demonstration of leadership, civic mindedness, his/her dedication to community service, and scholarship.

African American Achievement Dinner
 Everyone in the community
What: The Civics and Government Institute (CGI) of Montclair High School (MHS) will be hosting an African American Achievement Dinner. It will honor the achievements of the Brother to Brother program, the Sister to Sister program, and Petal Robertson, an MHS teacher, for their work in Montclair’s African American community. The evening will include great food and wonderful music! All are welcome. If you have any questions or would like to make donations, please contact Sally Rembert at 973-509-6400 or here.
Where: The Atrium of the George Inness Annex, 141 Park Street, Montclair, NJ
When: Thursday, February 27 from 7 – 9 pm
Cost: While the event is free and open to the general public, a suggested donation of $5 for children and students and $10 for adults is requested. The proceeds raised will be awarded as a scholarship to a senior minority student within CGI.

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