On October 23, 2019, the Community Chest of Englewood recognized Judy Aronson for the Community Advocate Award to recognize her generous work in the Englewood community during its annual Fall Fest held at the Englewood Field Club. The three-hour event honored Ms. Aronson as a student advocate and caring educator who created the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund, Diversity Club, Englewood Idol, Englewood’s Got Talent and other events that bridge Dwight Morrow High School and the Academies @ Englewood students and the community. Approximately 160 teachers, alumni and community members were present at the Fall Fest.
“I was honored to be there, not just for the Community Chest, but for our school and for Ms. Aronson to be recognized for all that she does,” French teacher Amanda Mauder said.
Prior to the honors, guests mingling and enjoyed the venue. Then Community Chest Executive Director Shelly Wimpheimer introduced Ms. Aronson and thanked her and before presenting her with the award. Ms. Aronson gave a heartfelt speech thanking everyone from her colleagues, students, and family to the Community Chest, Bergen PAC and alumni. Afterwards, there was a silent auction with prizes such as football tickets and a trip to a vineyard.
“It was a nice event and opportunity to see the people who are involved in the community. It was fun networking with everyone. The best part was seeing Ms. Aronson recognized,” senior Brian Lee said.
Because the theme for the Fall Fest was education, the planning committee wanted a well-respected educator from the area. They considered educators and educational programs connected with the Community Chest. Ms. Aronson stood out as an advocate for students.
“It’s always awkward to be awarded for doing your job. I think that because a lot of the things I do are high profile, people have a perception that I’m doing everything and everyone else is doing nothing, but a lot of other teachers do many things to advocate for others, big and small,” Ms. Aronson said.
Ms. Wimpfheimer commended Ms. Aronson for giving credit to others and minimizing her influence even though she believes that it is much greater.
“We were really thrilled to have her as our honoree. We regard her as an extraordinary educator and advocate for the young people and their educational advancement,” Ms. Wimpfheimer said.