A longtime educator at one moment is explaining some of the best things happening in his school district, and the next minute trying to make sense of some of the worst.

Larry Perkinson, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. employee and student assistance coordinator, said his natural instinct as a caretaker often takes the lead in his work, in times of celebration and crisis.

Perkinson, 63, is this year’s recipient of the William R. Laws Human Rights Award from the Columbus Human Rights Commission. He will be honored at 6:30 p.m.  May 11 at The Commons for his efforts to improve relationships, increase the sensitivity of groups toward each other, eliminate barriers for people who face prejudice and create new safeguards to protect the rights of others.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.