For Immediate Release: 12/12/2017
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“Dedicated advocate” for education reform receives 2017 Unsung Hero Award

Hartford - Hartford resident Milly Arciniegas has received Yankee Institute’s 2017 Unsung Hero Award for her tireless work in educating Connecticut parents on how best to advocate for their child’s right to a quality education.

Milly received three nominations for the $1,000 award, which was provided through the generosity of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. The award was presented at Yankee Institute’s 2017 Gala held on November 30th at the Palace Theatre in Stamford.

Milly Arciniegas (right) with Helen Krieble

Described as “a dedicated advocate that does nothing but give to her community by helping parents gain knowledge about education,” Milly was instrumental in passing legislation in 2010 to create school governance councils, providing parents with a role in the decision-making process for low-performing schools.

“The best chance for a child’s success in school is when a parent is informed and engaged,” said Suzanne Bates, Yankee Institute’s Director of Public Policy. “Milly gives parents the knowledge and encouragement they need so they can advocate for their children. She’s a tremendous asset to her community.”

Milly is founder of the Hartford Parent University, which engages, empowers and trains parents in how to best advocate for their children through free classes and training seminars. The Hartford Parent University offers 45 classes per year, attracting parents from all over the state.

In nominating Milly for the Unsung Hero Award, Hartford parent Tynima Toney said Milly “allowed me to believe that there is hope for a change. Just keep pushing! Our children matter!”

Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau said, “At Yankee Institute, our mission is to ensure that everyone in Connecticut is free to succeed. Milly understands that in order to be free to succeed, our children must be free to learn. We applaud her commitment and her courage!”

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