Ms. Crystal Adkins-Pennix, a fifth grade teacher at Allen Jay Elementary School, was presented with the 2021-2022 Debby Reynolds Award for advocating for children in need. Ms. Adkins-Pennix hosts a weekly Beauty Within Club with the goal of building confidence, creating a sisterhood, and developing leadership skills. As a firm believer that student academic success is influenced by self-esteem, she works to foster confidence so that the students will feel “more than” rather than “less than.”
Ms. Adkins-Pennix also organized a family night at the school to talk with parents about how to find funding for a school trip to Carowinds so that all students could participate. The Enrichment Fund was pleased to present Ms. Adkins-Pennix with the Debby Reynolds Award for advocacy for children in need.