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Why Lisa is a hero to pupils.

ONE of last year's Pride of Coventry and Warwickshire Award winners Lisa Kendrick was considered a hero by pupils at Templars Primary School in Coventry. Described as "the best teacher ever" by the ten-year-old who nominated her, she worked tirelessly to help her pupils learn. In a letter to judges, the youngster, who has autism, said: "Every time I get stuck I put my hand up and Mrs Kendrick comes and helps me. And if I cry Mrs Kendrick always helps me get better by giving me a big hug."

Lisa, who is the school's deputy head, said: "I love teaching - it gives me a real buzz when I see children understanding and discovering things about the world around them. I am proud to have made a difference to some young people's lives."

She talks of the "real joy in their faces when they learn something practical like tying their shoe laces".

Although the category Lisa succeeded in is no longer running this year, a raft of new awards have been introduced.

The Caring Hero award, which is being sponsored by Massey Ferguson, will recognise the carers in our society who look after sick or disabled relatives, neighbours or friends.

Jo Lawson, from AXA Insurance, which also sponsors the award, said: "It always brings up people who never really get the recognition they should."

How to make your nominations Local Hero - in partnership with Henley College Coventry This award is for someone who goes out of their way to help others in the community.

Whether it be starting a new facility to help keep local youths on the straight and narrow or feeding the homeless; our Local Hero will be acting out of human kindness and not for personal gain.

Young Community Hero - in Partnership with Coventry Building Society and Heart of England Cooperative Society Here we recognise a young person working to make the community a better place. Be it lobbying politicians for a better deal for young people or helping elderly people do their shopping. Must be under-18 in October.

Caring Hero - in partnership with AXA and Massey Ferguson This award is to give carers some well-deserved recognition of the amazing job they do.

Community Project of The Year - in partnership with Peugeot and Heart of England Community Foundation Here we recognise a community project that has real impact on the community.

An award to recognise the efforts made by the remarkable people who are the driving force in making our communities better places to live.

Volunteer Hero - in partnership with Barclays Money Skills Someone who gives up their time freely to help others.

Health Care Hero - in partnership with Arena Park Shopping Centre, Warwickshire NHS and Coventry NHS This award is for workers who go beyond call of duty.


WINNER...teacher Lisa Kendrick
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 24, 2009
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