STAUNTON, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that he has been awarded the 2012 Child Advocate Award by the Virginia Council for Private Education at a Luncheon reception in Richmond today.
A spokesman for the Council, Matthew Stanley, remarked that "This award is in recognition for Delegate Bell's constant advocacy for children; for their health and safety, their education, and for those with disabilities. This is an award that we do not give every year, but only when there is a legislator that we feel has gone above and beyond in their advocacy for children."
“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the Virginia Council for Private Education.” said Delegate Bell “Children’s issues, including child abuse, children’s mental health, and improved education opportunities for all of Virginia’s students have been a top priority for me throughout my tenure in the House of Delegates. I believe these are vital issues that must be addressed. I’m very grateful that the Council for Private Education has recognized these efforts.”
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes parts of Nelson and Augusta Counties, Highland County, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.