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NAACP honors service

More than 125 people turned out for the 98th Anniversary Awards Dinner of the Newport County Branch of the NAACP Saturday night to honor four people doing important work in the community.

The Community Service Award went to Kelly Powers, the Role Model Award to Orlando Peace, the Education Award to Wanda Jones and the President's Award to Josephine Carroll Brown.

Orlando Peace is a program coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County and a student attendance facilitator for Newport Public Schools. He grew up on a farm in Virginia and began his working career in New London, Connecticut.

“I stand here in a roomful of role models,” he told the dinner guests. “I moved here because I fell in love with the woman of my dreams, her family and this community.”

“I struggled with home life, with school life and life in general,” he said. “Now I have the opportunity to work with great kids. I'm inspired by these kids every day.”

Jones is a behavior supportspecialist at Pell Elementary School and has worked in the field of education off and on for the past 36 years.

She began as a Head Start teacher and later moved on to become a crisis intervention instructor and behaviorally trained worker for adults with developmental disabilities for Bridges Inc.

Among other positions she has held was teacher's assistant in the Diagnostics Assessment Center of Child & Family Services, working with court offenders between the ages of 13 and 18.


Wanda Jones

Wanda Jones, behavior support specialist at Pell Elementary School in Newport, received the Education Award

at the NAACP Newport Chapter awards dinner on Saturday, December 8, 2018. [PETER SILVIA PHOTO]

Orlando Peace

Orlando Peace receives the Role Model award from NAACP Newport Chapter President Jimmy Winters

and Chairwoman Victoria Johnson. [PETER SILVIA PHOTOS]

Sean Flynn