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Special needs advocates honored during ceremony

POSTED: February 24, 2010 4:00 a.m.
Frank Reddy Dawson Community News/

Lonnie Trahan-Dikowski, right, Dawson County's director of special programs, congratulates Kilough Elementary Paraprofessional Tanya Davis for being chosen as a finalist for the Philip Wright Award, which honors special education advocates.

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A Kilough Elementary staffer will represent Dawson County, when she attends a meeting next week honoring those who go above and beyond for special education students.


Tanya Davis was selected by peers to be a district-wide ambassador during the March 4 Philip Wright Award ceremony in Cleveland.


Officials in Cleveland will then select a district winner for the award, which celebrates the life of a local advocate for disability awareness, Philip Wright.


“Philip has done a lot of advocacy work for students with disabilities in our region’s schools,” said Lonnie Trahan-Dikowski, director of special programs for Dawson County schools.


Trahan-Dikowski said Davis was selected for demonstrating “an outstanding example” by helping students with disabilities.


Davis, who will be recognized by officials with Georgia Learning Resource Center at the March 4 event, said she was happy to be selected.


Fighting back tears at last month’s board of education meeting, Davis voiced her gratitude before a group of school officials and staff members.


“I would like to say thank you very much,” Davis said. “I will do my very best to represent Dawson County with this honor.”


Dawson County school officials named one person per school as county-wide finalists. Davis was chosen as the overall finalist.



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