PIQUA — Promoting Recognition of Diversity (PROD) has selected Edison State Community College President Dr. Doreen Larson as keynote speaker at the Doug Smith Annual Memorial Banquet to be held at 6 p.m. June 2, at Edison.
Now in its 15th year, the annual event is named in honor of educator Doug Smith, a Piqua native who was killed in an automobile accident in 1999.
In conjunction with the banquet, PROD is launching a promotional initiative to develop a program booklet, “Looking Back and Moving Forward.”
The booklet will, in part, be used as a recruiting tool to attract minority teacher candidates to apply at educational institutions serving the Piqua and Troy community. In the past, PROD, a non-profit organization, had sought to assist the recruitment of minority teacher candidates with enhancing the staffs of educational institutions serving the local area, but is currently transitioning to a more regional focus encompassing West Central Ohio.
The PROD Scholarship has again been awarded to Piqua education major, Darien Wilkerson, a student at Wright State University and the nephew of Kris and Peggy Lee. Gregory Johnson of Troy is the second scholarship award winner. He is the son of Aaron and Stephanie Johnson and majors in education at Walsh University. These two honorees were awarded $1,0000 each in annual assistance.
Local individuals, churches, civic organizations and businesses are invited to pledge their donations in the support of future PROD Scholars seeking scholarship assistance.
Businesses are currently being contacted to support the PROD program booklet, along with individuals who are being encouraged to consider a donation of $18.46 as a memorial tribute to the Randolph Freedmen who became settlers in the Upper Miami Valley in 1846. Patrons and organizations are being asked to show their support of PROD goals.
Any person, business, church or civic organization can send their contribution or make further inquiries to PROD, 1104 Maplewood Drive, Piqua, OH 45356 or call (937) 778-1035 or (937) 335-2715.