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Gathering of Friends Community Champion Announced

Bronxville, NY- Local Preschool Director, Mrs. Michelle Tween, was chosen as the inaugural receiver of the Gathering of Friends “Community Champion” Award. She will be honored on March 21, 2014 at Glen Island Harbour Club.

The event, Gathering of Friends, is hosted by the Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School. This grand evening of a premier auction, dinner and dancing is a wonderful way to celebrate The Chapel School and Village Lutheran Church and its vital role in the life of the community. The academic excellence and spiritual education offered to the children, and the ministry’s commitment to fellowship, stewardship and community service combined make a positive impact on all ages in the community.

Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell, Senior Pastor of the Village Lutheran Church, described a Community Champion as “someone in Village Lutheran Church, The Chapel School or Concordia Community that we look up to, has made great strides for our mission and who inspires us to our highest ideals.”

Mrs. Tween is a graduate of Fordham University and has a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education as well as an Advanced Diploma in School Building Leadership from The College of New Rochelle. During her tenure at The Chapel School, Mrs. Tween has taught Preschool 3's and 4's, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and was the Reading Coordinator for Grades 2-4. She has coached cheerleading and softball for The Chapel School, and has been on several committees, including Lutheran Schools Week, the Faculty and Staff Social Committee, The Chapel School Advisory Committee, and The Associate Pastor Call Committee.

Tween noted that she “truly loves The Chapel School and Village Lutheran Church. The community here is incredible. You feel it as you walk through the doors. It is an inexplicable gift to love coming to work each day, We laugh together, we support each other, we listen to each other, we do our best, and at the end of the day, we are family.” Noting that she was surprised to receive the award, Tween commented, “Every person in our community deserves the recognition of this award in some way each day. I am truly overwhelmed and honored by being chosen for the “Community Champion” Award.

Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School are located at 172 White Plains Road in Bronxville (across the street from Concordia College).  For more information about Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School and its programs, call 914-337-3202 or visit www.thechapelschool.org. Gathering of Friends XIV, will be held on March 21, 2014 at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.gathering-of-friends.org.

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