Craig Simmons, Chatham CSD School Board President, was honored with the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Friends of Education Award at the Friends of Education Dinner held at the Albany Marriott Hotel on February 28. CASDA presents this award to recognize the selfless contributions of individuals who dedicate themselves to serving students and enriching their school communities. In a release that accompanied the award, CASDA states:
“Simmons is an exemplary school board president. Chatham Superintendent Dr. Sal DeAngelo writes that Simmons exhibits a ‘heartfelt desire to engage with others and cultivate diverse opinions’ and ‘our school community is all that much stronger’ because of the ‘true openness’ that he brings to the Board of Education. This represents only a small fraction of his efforts on behalf of the District. Simmons began working with the Chatham Robotics Program two years ago, bringing mechanical expertise and positivity that has helped students compete in regional competitions and push the boundaries of their learning. He has also volunteered in the middle school’s mentor program, meeting weekly with his mentees for lunch. He offers support, perspective, help with homework and friendship. His dedication has ‘helped these young people blossom.’ With ‘seemingly every free minute he has,’ Simmons offers his time, energy and care to the Chatham CSD community. He embodies the selflessness of a true Friend of Education.”
Chatham Central School District nominated Mr. Simmons for the Friends of Education Award and we congratulate him on this much-deserved recognition.