New Trier High School Students Wins Award for Service to Disability Community

New Trier High School Students Wins Award for Service to Disability Community
From left to right: New Trier Township Government Trustee Stefan Mozer; Naomi Frisch of Wilmette, the recipient of the 2011 Superior Service to Persons with Disabilities Award; and Avi Lesser of Wilmette.

 

A junior at New Trier Township High School, Naomi Frisch of Wilmette, became the first student to receive the New Trier Township Superior Service to Persons with Disabilities Award. The Award recognizes contributions and advocacy efforts of a significant nature on behalf of persons with disabilities living in New Trier Township.
 
"It is not unusual for adults to volunteer in our society, but I think it is a unique experience when a teenager comes to the front lines and asserts themselves in the way Naomi has," stated New Trier Township Government Trustee Stefan Mozer in presenting the award at the Annual Town meeting held in April. 
 
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Naomi was recognized for her volunteer work that began as early as fifth grade when she participated in an integrated choir for children with special needs. As a high school student she has volunteered as a lunch buddy, tutored in classrooms, assisted in a social skills group and provided support in an adapted gym class for special education students. As an assistant teacher in her religious school, she received advance training to further include special needs students in religious school classrooms.  Most recently, she became involved with Our Place of New Trier Township, a community based program for adults with developmental disabilities, where she coordinates volunteers from the high school, as well as serves as the liaison between the school and the organization.
 

About the Award
In 2001 the Superior Service to Persons with Disabilities Award was developed to regularly recognize and honor individuals and organizations that are committed to the needs of persons with disabilities. New Trier Township and the Township Committee on Disabilities are committed to educating the community about the needs of persons with disabilities, advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities, and making efforts at enhancing their self-sufficiency and quality of life. To learn about the award and past winners, click here.

About New Trier Township
New Trier Township’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources to benefit the physical, mental and social-well being of Township residents.  Established in 1850, New Trier Township government serves the 56,000 residents in the villages of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, and Glencoe, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield. The Township Office is located at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka or on-line at www.newtriertownship.com

 



 
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