Knoxville woman to be honored for Kiwanis work at White House

Knoxville woman to be honored for Kiwanis work at White House

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Sheena Curley (source: Kiwanis Club) Sheena Curley (source: Kiwanis Club)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville resident Sheena Curley will be honored in Washington, D.C. on Friday, September 21 during the Kiwanis International Day at the White House as a "Champion of Change."

Curley has spent the last 37 years teaching and working with special-needs and at-risk children and their families. She focused for the last 19 years on children and women affected by addiction.

For the past 20 years as director of the Kiwanis Fresh Air Camp in Knoxville, Curley has used her vacation time to help underprivileged kids have camp experiences.

The camp often includes kids who don't qualify to attend other summer camps because of physical or psychological problems.

It provides a week of activity for underprivileged children who create arts and crafts, enjoy athletics and games.

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"For me, I knew at a very young age that I would follow a ministry of working with children and becoming a teacher," Curley said in a press release. "I am so honored to be chosen as a White House Champion of Change. It shows the world that people can make a big difference in the life of a child."

The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing extraordinary work in their communities.

Curley is unable to attend the event so Knoxville Kiwanis Club President-elect Mark Brackney will accept the award on her behalf.

She joins 13 other champions from Kiwanis International.

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