Eight years ago, Adriana Hill became the parent liaison for West Gate Elementary School in Manassas.
Through the position, she has played many roles and has worked alongside members of the community.
“My main role is — I’m like the bridge, the connection between the families and the school,” Hill said.
Her efforts will be honored at the Allies in Prevention Awards Ceremony in McLean on Friday.
Hill is the 2019 Allies in Prevention Award recipient for Prince William County, a recognition she will receive from Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN).
She was nominated by Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Program Manager Rozlyn Giddens.
VCE works with Child Protective Partnership, a coalition SCAN is a member of.
“We’re so excited that she’s being recognized for the good work that she’s been doing, and I was really impressed with Adriana’s passion for the community that she works with, her students and really felt like she would be the exemplary person to receive this honor for [the] Prince William County area,” Giddens said.
In addition to coordinating the Blessings in a Backpack program, Hill has started a parenting class at the school.
“We did it there, because we tried to accommodate for their time when their kids are in school it’s easier for the parents to come and take the class,” Hill said. “It is open to the entire county, so sometimes we do have other people joining us.”
The class is one of many offered to parents of young children, school-aged children and teenagers through VCE.
“Parents are invited to attend these classes for a nominal fee and learn about the different stages and development their children are facing, and really connect with other parents in the community,” Giddens said.
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