FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 22, 2019) – Save the Children named State Senator Robert Stivers as a 2019 Champion for Children today at a celebration at Manchester Elementary School. Yesterday, Save the Children presented two additional Champion for Children awards to State Senator Mike Wilson and State Representative Jim Gooch. This honor recognizes lawmakers who have shown a commitment to improving the lives of children in the Bluegrass State.
“We are incredibly proud to celebrate Senator Stivers as a Champion for Children,” said Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs & Advocacy at Save the Children. “Senator Stivers continues to be one of the greatest advocates for Kentucky children, and his dedication to ensuring they have what they need to succeed and thrive is inspiring. Every child deserves a bright future.”
“I’m truly humbled to be the recipient of the Children’s Champion Award,” said Senator Stivers. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with Mark Shriver and a great organization like Save the Children. This group has done
Contextensive and quantifiable work here in the Commonwealth – most notably with a significant impact on my region of Eastern Kentucky – and I’m grateful for their efforts on behalf of our current and future generations.”
Save the Children has worked in rural Kentucky since 1932, currently serving more than 27,750 children do better in school through our early childhood development and school-age education programs. Currently, Save the Children partners with 67 schools in 13 counties to deliver programs to children and their families.
During the 2018-19 school year, Save the Children delivered its best results for children yet: 90 percent of 3-year-olds in its Early Steps to School Success home visiting program exceeded national vocabulary standards, and nine in 10 children in its school-age education programs who started the year reading below grade level significantly improved.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.