COLUMBUS, Ind. — A longtime local educator who has assisted students in need will be recognized during this year’s Columbus Human Rights Commission annual dinner.

Larry Perkinson, employee and student assistance coordinator for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp., will receive the 2017 William R. Laws Human Rights Award May 11 at The Commons for his commitment to the community and advocacy of all students, the Human Rights Commission announced.

Perkinson has worked with students, their families and school faculty members regarding issues of discrimination, substance abuse, homelessness, bullying, suicide and domestic violence in his 40 years within the education field.

The event will also feature a keynote speech by Sheila Suess Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis who has written several books. Kennedy’s speech will focus on civic literacy.

She is a former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.

Read more in Wednesday’s print edition of The Republic.

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