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Companies, Individuals Awarded in Early Childhood Development

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LAWTON Okla_ Friday, in their continued celebration of the Month of the Young Child, Lawton's Success by Six organization recognized companies and individuals who have contributed greatly to the early childhood development in Lawton.

The Spirit of the Family Award was given to companies like Centerpoint Energy and Public Services of Oklahoma who have given financial aid to children in the Lawton community.

Individuals also received the award, but the most prestigious went to Jane Mitchell, the Success by Six Director for United Way of Lawton/Fort Sill, who was unaware she was going to be honored despite hosting the event.

"It was awesome to be recognized," Mitchell said. "What I do is not for recognition. What I do is because I love children. I love parents, and I want parents to be the very best they can be, and I think that's the key."

This is the 5th year for the awards, but the first time Mitchell has been honored for her 11 years with the Success by Six Program. One of the guest speakers at this year's awards ceremony was Dr. Charles Fay of the Love and Logic Institute.

Dr. Fay is a renowned consultant for schools, parents and health professionals. He is known for teaching practical and effective solutions for calming kids and developing their ability to act responsibly.

"The problems that we're dealing with in our schools, our homes, and society are not going to be solved with better techniques but through relationships," Dr. Fay said. "A big part of that, that the Love and Logic approach teaches, is empathy."

If you'd like to hear more of Dr. Fay's fun and practical solutions for dealing with children, or even other people, he will be speaking tomorrow at the Cameron University theatre. He will speak from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and if you get there by 8, you can get some snacks and drinks.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

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