Tribute to Toni Childressby Former Representative Paul C. Broun
Posted on 2013-02-12
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Ms.
Toni Childress, a compassionate advocate for children and families in
northeast Georgia. For seven years, Ms. Childress has served as
executive director for Family Connection and Communities In Schools of
Stephens County, Incorporated. The mission of the organization is
simple--to surround students with a community of support, empowering
them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Under her leadership, Family Connection and Community In Schools, FCCIS, has encouraged children to accomplish more than they ever thought possible through effective literacy and tutoring programs, as well as a powerful mentoring program. Of the latter, one student shared, ``My mentor has helped me to follow my dreams and keep my goals high.'' This sincere expression of one student is reason enough to honor Ms. Childress. However, she is one who goes above and beyond the required assignment.
Where Ms. Childress sees a need, she will rise to the occasion to find a solution. When a social worker approached her about the lack of warm winter clothing for several students, Ms. Childress organized a successful coat drive. Now, in its fourth year, FCCIS distributes more than seven hundred coats to children and adults throughout Stephens County. Similarly, when Ms. Childress learned that there is an alarming rate of child abuse and neglect in her community, she quickly organized monthly workshops with the acknowledgment that change begins with awareness.
For this reason, it is my honor to acknowledge Ms. Toni Childress for the significant contributions she has made to her community. Whether it is providing gift certificates for student vision exams or welcome bags for newborn babies, Ms. Childress is passionate about making a difference. On behalf of the United States Congress, I applaud her great work and wish continued success for Family Connection and Communities In Schools of Stephens County, Incorporated.