Crispus Attucks to honor Yorkers with Rising STARS Awards


Eight members of the community, plus the York County Sheriff's Department, will be honored with Rising STARS Awards at the Crispus Attucks Association's Cultural Thanksgiving Celebration.

April Collier, a tutor and mentor with Stick N Move Boxing, is one of the honorees.

"It feels good," said the former owner of G's Jook Joint, who was surprised at the news that she would be honored with the award.

Collier said she attended Crispus Attucks' day care and after-school programs as a child.

"I'm trying to show the same love they showed me, so it's good to be recognized by them," she said.

Fitness: Collier has been involved with Stick N Move, an after-school program that aims to keep kids mentally and physically fit, for about three years and likes the group because of its integrity, she said.

"They were the first group I met that led by example and did what they said they were going to do ... as far as doing right by the kids," she said.

As part of the program, she said she teaches kids how to cook.

Rising STARS (Striving To Achieve Remarkable Success) is an after-school program for students 5-18 years of age, Crispus Attucks' development coordinator Mya Varno said.

It focuses on building character, she said, and offers health education and academic enrichment and has such activities as a cheerleading squad and a drill team.

Students in the program are required to do at least 25 hours of community service each year, she said.

Other honorees: The other people being honored are Adrian Boxley Sr., Co-Trika Malone, T. Rice, James Harris, Kevin Winter, Eric Holmes and Valerie Foreman.

The celebration will include entertainment, an awards ceremony and dinner and will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Crispus Attucks Association, 605 S. Duke St., York.

It is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

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