Baldwin teacher recognized at gala

The national group Afterschool Alliance honored Milledgeville’s Eagle Ridge Elementary School principal Jeanette Scott on Tuesday in Washington for her support for after-school programs.

Scott was one of seven individuals from around the country honored for supporting and working on behalf of the after-school programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families, an organization news release said.The seven were recognized at the “Breakfast of Champions,” gala event in Washington, D.C., which featured U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and After School Matters Chairwoman Maggie Daley.

Scott was recognized for the elementary school’s Youth Enrichment Services “YES” 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school program in which nearly every child in third through fifth grades attended.

Scott helped develop the YES program’s fine arts focus, which includes music, theater and visual arts.

“At this time of tremendous economic stress, America needs many more quality after-school programs so that our kids are safe and supervised after the school day ends,” Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant said.