Local teacher recognised as Unsung Hero in Mace Awards

by Rose Barrett
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Laura Maldonado, a Spanish teacher in Balbriggan Community College has been unveiled as the recipient of the MACE Unsung Heroes Environment Award in recognition of her co-ordinating the School’s Green team. Ms Maldonaldo organised multiple beach cleans and different activities to reduce the amount of water used in the school.

With her help, the school won Water School of the Year at the Green Schools awards earlier this year. She was presented with her award personally by rugby legend, Johnny Sexton, prior to his departure with the Ireland team to New Zealand, where they recorded an historic win last weekend.

The nationwide MACE Unsung Heroes Community Awards were initially launched in 2020 by Ireland rugby star Johnny Sexton to stimulate community spirit and recognise true local heroes and their efforts, like those of Ms Maldonaldo in giving of her time to both educate and improve the planet.

Commenting, MACE Sales Director Peter Dwan said, “Laura is a perfect example of our teachers who do so much to educate and inform our children. When you hear of a terrific initiative like the Balbriggan Community Colleges Green Team and their efforts in reducing water and tidying up our beaches, it really is reflective of the spirit of our retailers and how much they care about their communities. I wish to congratulate Laura and her students on this very deserving award.”

Five category Unsung Heroes Community awards were awarded, with each individual category winner receiving a cheque for €1,000. An overall MACE Unsung Hero Community Award winner was also selected and presented with a cheque for €5,000.

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