Norwin teacher recognized for community involvement

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The Norwin High School show choir director was recognized as one of the Pittsburgh-area people who made a difference in her community.

Bridget Faulk was named one of 22 Pittsburgh ChangeMakers in this fall’s class by the nonprofit organization Multiplying Good, formerly known as the Jefferson Awards Foundation. She is part of a class that includes representatives from business, education, labor, finance and nonprofit organizations.

“I am humbled and grateful to be recognized. There are hundreds of students I have worked with over the years without whom the award would not have been possible,” Faulk said.

In being recognized by Multiplying Good, Faulk joins an impressive company, as over the past 50 years the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Multiplying Good have recognized a host of national public figures for their outstanding contributions to the nation and their communities. Among those previous honorees have been actor Harry Belafonte, media star Oprah Winfrey, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, former Pitt football star Larry Fitzgerald and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Since joining Norwin in 2011, Faulk has focused on service learning at the heart of the choral program, primarily with the Norwin Show Choir.

She is a board member of the non-profit foundation Expressions in Harmony, which helps children through music. The Hearth Shelter was started in 1998 by its predecessor, Cheryl Walter, and they established the foundation in 2011, Faulk said. Members of the Norwin Show Choir do most of the fundraising, as well as fundraising for the Hearth Shelter and other children in need in the Pittsburgh area.

She was nominated by one of her former students, Elizabeth Zapaneta, a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon, said Jodi Klibeck, spokeswoman for Multiplying Good. Falk was one of more than 30 people who were nominated and able to participate in the training program in the fall, said Jodi Klibeck, spokeswoman for Multiplying Good.

“She’s such an exceptional candidate,” Klibeck said.

Pittsburgh Changemakers, like Faulk, is committing to raising $2,500 to support local student action teams so Multiplying Good can continue to grow, Klibeck said.

“Our goal in the Greater Pittsburgh Area is to nurture our region’s next generation of servant leaders known as the Pittsburgh ChangeMakers, a diverse group of professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have demonstrated a commitment to the service and the potential to really move our region and our state forward,” Klibeck said.

For approximately three months, the ChangeMakers participate in a series of networking, volunteering, fundraising, recognition and other events. The ChangeMakers will work individually and as a cohort to raise funds for Students In Action Pittsburgh, Multiplying Good’s youth leadership development program that focuses on service learning to prepare students for their future, said Klibeck.

The Norwin Show Choir, which has about 40 members, will be involved in the Students In Action program, with about 10 students participating in leadership talks, Faulk said. Students in Action offers a project-based learning service that meets the specific needs of young people, which not only provides career preparation and critical thinking skills, but also individual agency and empathy, Klibeck said.

“It (Pittsburgh Changemakers) inspires other people. The others see if they are well, I could too. The kids have someone to look up to,” Klibeck said.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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