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Mozel Sanders Foundation honors 9 educators making positive impact in the classroom

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Mozel Sanders Foundation and Financial Center First Credit Union gave checks to nine educators who devote countless hours to positively impacting students Tuesday.

“We know that the year has been challenging due to the pandemic, so this year we have decided to reach out to the educators, to the people that take care of our children,” Stephen Sanders , CEO of the Mozel Sanders Foundation, said.

The nine educators were each handed a $500 check.

“It’s been an honor and a true surprise and a pleasure and a blessing,” Alyssa Preddie-Allen, an early childhood special education teacher with Wayne Township Schools, said.

For 15 years, the two organizations have partnered to provide scholarships to those who are making a difference.

“Oftentimes, the work that we do sometimes goes unrecognized or we don’t see the fruits of our labor until later on down the road,” George Washington High School Principal Stanley Law said. “For someone to recognize that and honor us is a joy.”

“The credit union system was built upon the whole idea of people helping people and so we really try to live that at Financial Center,” Financial Center First Credit Union CEO Kevin Ryan said.

These educators were voted on by their students and family.

“Every day, we have the opportunity to make an impact to enhance the lives of our youth,” Law said. “They come with us with so many challenges, but they also come with us with so much promise and so to see those things come to fruition in the classrooms, in the hallways, in the gymnasium, et cetera, it just brings your heart joy.”

“This year, I have one of my former student’s children in my classroom and the fact that she’s now entrusting her child to my care is what brings my heart joy that I feel I am where I’m supposed to be every day,” Preddie-Allen said.

It’s a milestone year for the Mozel Sanders Foundation. The organization is preparing to serve its millionth Thanksgiving meal next week. It’ll also be receiving an additional $2,500 from Financial Center First Credit Union that will go toward feeding those in need.