May 8, 2013
The Charlottesville area Children Youth and Family Services (CYFS) hosted their 13th annual community breakfast at the Omni hotel.
Over 200 people came out to the event to honor people and organizations that make a significant difference to children's lives in Charlottesville.
The Dean of the Curry School of Education at UVa. Dr. Robert Pianta, was the keynote speaker.
CYFS committee members voted Albemarle Co. Public Schools' Sharon Wood as this year's John L. Snook Child Advocate Award winner.
"From hugs and kisses to good morning Mrs. Wood, those are the rewards I look for," says Wood. "I've thought about this award for a few weeks and the best word to describe it would be my grandson's word, 'the sprinkles on my ice cream.'"
"This is a good thing," says Wood.
Wood has been working with children in Albemarle Co. for the past 34 years.
The Virginia Institute of Autism and the Rimm-Kaufman Group were the recipients of the Mitch Van Yares Family-Friendly Employer award.
The CYFS has been serving the Charlottesville area for over 90 years and strives to open doors to bright futures for kids.