Southborough residents among NSPAC award recipients

by susan on May 18, 2012

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Above: NSPAC Go the Distance award winners (contributed photo)

At an awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, the The Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council recognized 93 local residents for the impact they have had on the lives of children with special needs. Among the community members recognized with Go the Distance awards, are many who live and work in Southborough. You can see the full list of NSPAC award recipients here.

One such award recipient was Algonquin senior and Southborough resident Emma Decker. Emma spends much of her free time volunteering at Finn School assisting special needs students. She apparently had quite an impact, and was nominated for the award by one of the kindergarten students she worked with there.

When she’s not volunteering at Finn, Emma is the goalie of the almost undefeated Algonquin girls lacrosse team, and rumor has it, she maintains straight A’s. Mom Suzy, Dad Steve, and Emma’s brother and sister are rightly proud of all she has accomplished and contributed to her community.

Please join me in congratulating Emma, along with all the other award recipients, for the difference they have made.

Above: Emma Decker (left) with Finn kindergarten teacher Nicole McMahon (contributed photo)

{ 7 comments }

1 Stephen Prior May 18, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Thank you for posting this on your site. As you know and our daughter Emma was one of many wonderful caring people that received these awards that night.
This article surprised and shocked her. It was a wonderful treat for our entire family.

You provide a great resource for our town and thank you for that.

Steve and Suzy Prior

2 Kristin Delaney May 18, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Congratulations Emma (and the other wonderful recipients)!! We are so thankful for all you do in our community!

3 Johanna and Mark O'Connor May 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Congratulations Emma! Well deserved by you and all the recipients. We are very fortunate to have such special people in our schools and community.

4 Steve Decker May 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I Am so proud of my Duaghter Emma Decker for the things she does for the community, And A Big thank you to all recipients. If it were not for you all, it would’t be called a community..

Steve and Linda Decker

5 Nicole McMahon May 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I have had the true pleasure of having Emma in my classroom this year. She is already a natural teacher who touches every child she meets. The children light up when Emma enters the classroom. Congratulations “Miss Emma” on your award which is certainly deserved!

6 Izumi Ludgate May 22, 2012 at 9:53 PM

As one of the NSPAC Co-Presidents, it was truly touching to get a nomination for a young student in high school like Emma.

I was truly touched by all the nominations NSPAC received for the “Go the Distance” Awards Night. I am also glad that NSPAC had decided on including the community members this year which really seemed to have made a difference in making the community truly become aware of what a great community we all live in!

I also want to mention that it took a little investigation on my side to find the right Emma Decker at Algonquin because the original nomination name was not to be found at the high school. I eventually found Emma Decker and my award notification letter went out on its way.

Izumi Ludgate/NSPAC Co-President

7 Emily June 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Great job Emma I will miss you next year when your in collage CONGRATS!!!!!!!!

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