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Adjunct instructor is Champion for Children

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Velma Lumpkin is the 2009 Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children. (Photo courtesy of Marc Valero/Highlands Today)

Velma Lumpkin is the 2009 Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children. (Photo courtesy of Marc Valero/Highlands Today)

In September, the Children’s Services Foundation named Velma Lumpkin as its 2009 Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children.

Since 1998, Lumpkin has taught early childhood education classes as an adjunct instructor for South Florida Community College. For the past 27 years, she has been the executive director of the Avon Park Child Development Center.

Lumpkin said receiving the award reaffirmed that “someone is paying attention to efforts over the years to take care of the needs of families and children.” This has been the focus of her life, in the classroom and in practice.

“All of it has been rewarding,” Lumpkin said. “Seeing staff go on and continue their education, seeing children who their parents thought would never talk because of disabilities leave our program speaking, seeing families get good jobs and become self-sufficient.”

Lumpkin is the 10th Highlands County resident to become a Champion for Children.

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