Niles principal receives United Way award

The principal of Northside Child Development Center in Niles was recognized last week for his efforts in making a measurable difference in Berrien and Cass Counties.

Zech Hoyt received the “Excellence in Impact” award from the United Way of Southwest Michigan during the organization’s annual celebration and awards dinner Thursday.

Hoyt said the award means that the work he and others are doing for the community, providers and children is working.

“It is important to understand that this award recognizes the great work happening and it is not about recognizing me,” he said.

According to a description of the award, it is given to a person or organization who displays a spirit of collaboration, a willingness to take risks and who is working toward United Way’s goals in education, income, health and basic needs.

As a leader within the Niles Community Schools district, Hoyt said he has been given an opportunity to get to know the great people in Berrien County that create programs for and serve children, specifically from ages 0 to 5.

Some of these individuals and groups, he said, consist of the Great Start Collaborative, United Way, Berrien Community Foundation, Niles Community Schools, Child Care Resource Center (CCR), Berrien RESA, Northside’s teachers/trainers/coordinators and many other individuals.

“Most importantly we have a great group of child care providers that come together monthly to learn their trade,” he said.

Hoyt said if we are to shape our communities and their futures, we all must continue to ask the question: Why not?

“By asking this question means you will be a catalyst for something great,” he said. “As the catalyst for something great you will bring passion and commitment that will also have a lasting impact on our community.”

News

Niles man, 13-year-old passenger killed in Sodus Township crash

Cass County

PHOTO STORY: Old Rugged Cross Church hosts church, museum dedication

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Elks hosting annual Guys and Dolls Golf Outing

News

New general surgeon seeing patients in Niles

Edwardsburg

Michigan Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall stops in Edwardsburg

Edwardsburg

PHOTO STORY: Edwardsburg Area Chamber of Commerce hosts fall festival

News

Niles man sentenced to probation for drunk driving

News

PHOTO STORY: Uptown Fright Fest a success

News

PHOTO STORY: Niles student crowned Miss Apple Festival 2021

News

Three injured in Howard Township crash

Dowagiac

Medical event causes car to crash into Dowagiac Burger King

Cass County

Cassopolis man sent to prison on drug charges

Dowagiac

SMC recognized for turning students into citizens

Dowagiac

ETS program awarded grant from Department of Education

Cass County

Dowagiac man who broke elementary school windows sentenced to probation

Dowagiac

Changes to retirement benefits cause for concern among Cass County employees

News

Niles first ward residents ask for an end to gun violence in their community

Buchanan

Buchanan Area Senior Center raising funds to convert porch into sunroom

Cass County

Man arrested on drug charges in Mason Township

Cass County

Cass County Commissioners approve grant for Dowagiac River restoration

Business

Lyons Industries donates 12 thermal imaging cameras to Indian Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Cass County

Niles man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Police Log: Sept. 13-14

Berrien County

Local emergency departments experiencing high volumes, wait times