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Madison Elementary School ANCHOR Program honored with community outreach award

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Educators Michael J. Kelly and Richard L. Morgan were honored today with the 2015 Community Outreach Award from United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, in recognition of their dedication to the education and enrichment of local students through the ANCHOR Program at Madison Elementary School.

Madison Elementary School on Wheeling Island serves communities that have been particularly impacted by poverty, drugs, and violence. Often, the children growing up in these neighborhoods are not afforded the resources and opportunities to flourish academically, socially, and emotionally. The ANCHOR Program is an after-school resource designed to provide education and social enrichment. The program plays an integral role in providing academic support and other activities, each and every day, for at-risk students. The goal is simple: to enhance academic achievement, community engagement, and social and emotional awareness. The ANCHOR Program provides educational support, physical activity, as well as exposure to the arts and other community resources.

Michael Kelly is the longest serving member of the ANCHOR Program staff. He has dedicated himself to the students of Madison Elementary School for the past 12 years. Beginning in 1978, he gained invaluable insight as a classroom teacher. He retired in June 2014 and devotes even more of his time to the ANCHOR Program.

For the past two years, Richard Morgan has served as the Director of the ANCHOR Program.  He is also the director of the Stifel Fine Arts Center, which allows Rick to bring art and creative outlets into the organized activities of the ANCHOR Program. The program has greatly benefited from his dynamic personality and knowledge of community efforts and partnerships. 

Today’s awards ceremony took place at the United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse in Wheeling and included remarks from U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey and U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. A variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies were represented along with community leaders, volunteers, and advocates.

Updated January 8, 2016