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School District Administrator Hailed as 'A Champion for Children'

Dr. Scott (right) proudly accepts a coveted award she helped create more than 20 years ago from Faith Boehmer, the preventionApril 16, 2024

During the opening of the Child Advocacy Center's annual Child Abuse Summit 2024 at Lafayette Baptist Church, Cumberland County Schools' (CCS) Executive Director of Student Services Dr. Natasha Scott was announced as a 2023 Champions for Children Award recipient in the Professionals category.

In front of nearly 400 school social workers, law enforcement officers, mental health professionals, therapists, counselors and faith-based community members across Cumberland County and Fort Liberty, Dr. Scott proudly accepted the Roberta J. Humphries Award.

Receiving this award was 'a full-circle moment' for Dr. Scott. The long-time school social worker, who is a staunch partner of the Child Advocacy Center, helped create the award more than 20 years ago for professionals in the community who fervently work to promote the safety and wellness of children.

"We applaud Dr. Scott for her tireless dedication and for being recognized as the true Champion for Children that she is," said CCS' Social Work Coordinator Pamela Story, who has worked under Dr. Scott's leadership in various capacities for more than two decades. "As we all know, she consistently goes 'above and beyond' in the fight against child abuse and neglect in our community and she is also being honored for her dedication and effort in making the lives of children better in Cumberland County. All of the Student Services initiatives she has developed, initiated and coordinated, as a true visionary, are just a small testimony about her work to promote safety and wellness for children."

Two such recent initiatives include Alongside, a mental health support app tailored for students in grades 6-12, and the May 4 It's OK 2 Ask: Children's Mental Health & Wellness Fair, which will highlight community resource information, games and live presentations for families across the county. 

"Congratulations Dr. Scott, we salute you," said Story. "Keep up the fight because 'all children deserve a bright and shiny future.'"