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Darla Shaw receives state award for community service leadership

Professor Darla Shaw of Ridgefield received the 2012 Connecticut Higher Education Faculty Award for Outstanding Leadership in Community Service in the state last week.

Dr. Shaw was cited for her years of humanitarian work around the world as well as projects she initiated and developed, including The Alzheimer’s Awareness and Alzi Animal Program in the public schools, the Cooperative Peace Garden Project, the Bully Documentary Project in the schools, The Shared Stories Program of Oral Histories Between Senior Citizens and Students, the Drum Circles for Autistic Children, the Danbury Area Mentor of the Year Program and the Literacy Link to Robotics in the schools program.

This summer, she will be working with the Peace Corps through the Glow Program, training women in Bulgaria in leadership skills.

She will also be serving on the New England Board for Service Learning and teaching her first graduate level service learning course in the fall.

Late last month, the band she started five years ago with one other accordion player got the Founder’s Hall Senior Award for Volunteerism.

Dr. Shaw, a former teacher in the Ridgefield schools, now teaches at Western Connecticut State University.

She also frequently writes feature stories on Ridgefield people and organizations for The Ridgefield Press.

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