More than 100 school and civic leaders, and others who work with children and families throughout the West Hartford community, gathered Wednesday morning at for 25th annual “Breakfast on the Bridge.”
The Bridge Family Center, a West Hartford-based non-profit offering “a broad range of services to children, youth, and families in the Greater Hartford area, with particular attention to serving those at risk,” hosts the annual event each September as a kick-off to the new school year.
The organization also uses the breakfast as an opportunity to thank supporters, introduce its staff and board members to the community, and present its “Build No Fences Award.”
This year, the Build No Fences Award was presented to Roszena Haskins, an assistant principal at High School who, in the words of Superintendent of Karen List, is “a champion for students who struggle. She stands up for what is right and good.”
In presenting the award, Judy Bierly, Director of Community Services for The Bridge Family Center, read words of tribute for Haskins submitted by others who have worked with her.
“Roszena demands that students live up to her standards, and she helps them develop their own high standards… She is not only about ‘building no fences’ but also about tearing them down,” commented Assistant Superintendent for Administration Tom Moore, the former principal of Conard.
This is Haskins' fourth year as a Conard assistant principal. According to Principal Peter Cummings, "She is a great leader within the school as well as leader in the district's health and wellness policymaking."
Cummings praised Haskins' work redesigning and leading Conard’s student success team and academic intervention team, as well as her partipation with Community of Concern, SAPSI (diversity support), and bullying prevention efforts.
This year marks the 24th year that The Bridge has presented the Build No Fences Award.
In her address to breakfast attendees, Margaret Hann, Executive Director of The Bridge Family Center, said that there have been approximately 125,000 children “whose lives we have touched at a time they needed us most.”
“The work we do is best done when we work together,” said Hann.
Hann also accepted a donation of $1,870.67 on behalf of from Wendy Kopp, Director of Marketing. Over the past eight years, Panera’s donations of food, funds collected from customers, and financial contributions total $64,658.23, according to Kopp.