Good for you: Freedom's Foundation honors four

Good for you: Freedom's Foundation honors four

December 13th, 2013 by Susan Pierce in Life Entertainment

At the Freedom's Foundation awards presentation are, from left, Geraldine Charton, Freedom's Foundation president; Larry Henry; Teresa Dinger; Joelle Kanyana and Harold Coker.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Freedom's Foundation honors four

The Chattanooga Chapter of Freedom's Foundation honored youth and adult award winners with a recent reception at Collegedale City Hall.

Harold Coker and Teresa Dinger received national awards for extraordinary service to their community. Both were nominated by local chapter members and selected by an awards jury of the national organization.

Coker was presented the Adult Community Award for "going beyond the call of duty to promote good works and serve his community on an ongoing basis."

Dinger, director of marketing and planning at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, received the national Special Events Award in recognition of a program she conducted at Siskin Hospital honoring Vietnam veterans.

Chapter president Geraldine Charton presented Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry with the Spirit of '76 Award.

Joelle Kanyana of Collegedale Academy received a national youth essay award for "A Person I Admire Most, Abigail Adams."

Clapp awarded life membership

Carol S. Clapp was awarded Life Membership in the American Association of Medical Assistants during the AAMA annual conference in Atlanta. Life Membership is the highest honor that can be awarded to a member of AAMA.

Clapp has been a member for over 33 years. She is a billing manager and compliance officer at Tennessee Valley Management. She is treasurer of the Chattanooga Chapter of Medical Assistants and parliamentarian of the Tennessee Society of Medical Assistants.

She served on the AAMA Board of Trustees from 1991-1998 and was president in 1997. She co-chaired the 1999 AAMA annual conference held in Nashville and served as parliamentary adviser for the AAMA House of Delegates for several years.

Young is first to complete SAILS

Sequoyah High School student Allison Young is the first person in the state to complete the SAILS program offered through Cleveland State Community College.

SAILS stands for Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support. Its purpose is to provide high school students their fourth year of math while making them college-ready in math during their senior year. Students take a "bridge math" in the fall semester and, upon successful completion, are offered the chance to take a college math elective course at Cleveland State the following semester through dual enrollment.

"There are 11 community colleges in Tennessee doing SAILS, but Allison is the first student in the state to mark off her competencies," says Karen Wyrick, CSCC Math chairwoman. "If she comes to CSCC next year, she will spend a minimum of one semester doing learning support math, possibly up to three. She has saved up to a year and a half of time and a lot of money."

Wyrick says there are about 6,000 students in the SAILS math program, which has already saved them more than $2.6 million. If they go to any Tennessee Board of Regents school, the competencies earned the SAILS will transfer with them.

For more information on the SAILS program, call 423- 697-3164 or email

Zou chosen for Eagle Institute

Ru Zhen Zou of Floyd County, Ga., has been chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College at the Eagle Leadership Institute, scheduled March 25-27. The institute recognizes students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Eagle is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs, according to officials at GNTC.