WESTFIELD, NJ — The deadline for nominations for the Rotary Club of Westfield’s 29th Annual Charles Philhower Fellowship Award, which recognizes an outstanding full-time elementary teacher in the Westfield Public Schools, is April 14.

The club is seeking letters of nomination from interested citizens, parents, students and Westfield Public School staff members. Send yours to: Charles Philhower Fellowship Committee of the Westfield Rotary Club, c/o Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 302 Elm St., Westfield, NJ 07090. Or e-mailed it to rotaryphilhower@westfieldnjk12.org.

Nominations should specify ways in which the teacher has demonstrated outstanding teaching, interest in children and continued pursuit of professional growth. The teacher must be a full-time faculty member in grades K – 5 in the Westfield Public Schools for a minimum of five years. 

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The fellowship recipient will be honored at a virtual Rotary meeting and at a virtual Westfield Board of Education meeting, both scheduled for May 4. The Philhower Fellow will receive a Rotary grant to further professional growth or to enhance classroom activities for students.

The award was established in 1993 by the Rotary Club of Westfield to recognize the importance of teaching in the elementary grades and to honor Westfield Rotarian and School Superintendent Charles Philhower. Philhower, who died in 1962, was supervising principal (superintendent) of Westfield Public Schools for 30 years from 1917 to 1947 and President of the Westfield Rotary Club in 1929-30. As Rotary president, he instituted the club’s annual scholarship awards to graduating Westfield students.

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