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Harrell earns honor

MERRY HILL – &uot;2-4-6-8!

Who do we appreciate?&uot;

Lawrence Academy’s Monogram Club answers the question in the age-old cheer annually when they give the Green and Gold Award.

Given to the parent or friend of the program who shows a great amount of time and dedication to the school, the Green and Gold Award for 2005-2006 was presented to Belinda Harrell.

Members of the Monogram Club vote on the award and present it at Lawrence’s annual athletic banquet.

Harrell’s involvement with Lawrence Academy started three and half years ago, but her involvement with her three sons’ athletics started earlier than that.

She worked with a children’s baseball recreational league a number of years ago when her oldest son Jacob started playing baseball, and she is currently the director for the area American Legion.

At Lawrence she attended basketball and baseball games, worked concessions, gave out band-aids, and cheered for the teams.

&uot;Belinda Harrell was a big help,&uot; Robert Kravitz, Lawrence’s baseball coach, said.

&uot;She was always willing to run concession stands or give rides to students.

She was the first parent to come and offer help through the course of the season.&uot;

Lawrence depends on parents to transport athletes to games.

Harrell said that she was glad she could help drive players to games.

She also substitute teaches at Lawrence and can go from working in the classroom to driving players to their games.

Harrell said the students at Lawrence made it easy to get involved.

&uot;I feel like I’m the students’ second mom,&uot; Harrell said.

&uot;The students are easy to love.

They’re just great kids.&uot;

Appreciative that the Monogram Club voted to give her the Green and Gold Award, Harrell said, &uot;This is one of my most prized possessions because it stands for the kids having someone to count on.&uot;