KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The first recipient to receive a CHAMPS Award at the Communities in Schools Kalamazoo annual celebration was WKZO’s morning show host Lori Moore. The award was presented to Moore Thursday evening at Cityscape event center in downtown Kalamazoo.
“You can’t help but feel humbled,” Moore said as she accepted the honor, remarking on the overwhelming “sense of commitment” her Kalamazoo listeners have when it comes to the community.
One of the nomination letters read by CIS chief executive officer Jeff Patton, was from a fourth grade Arcadia Elementary student saying, “Miss Lori is smart and actually a funny adult. I can’t believe I get to be a part of her book club.”
"Moore's contributions to Kalamazoo Public Schools are almost endless," KPS superintendent Michael Rice said, "She constantly asks us: 'What more can I do?'". In effort to do more, the Lori Moore Corps started in the fall of 2012 offering a volunteer tutoring program for students in need of extra help.
“We thought we’d have maybe ten to fifteen volunteer tutors,” Lori said, “But when we had over seventy people show up to offer their help, it was extremely moving.” The Lori Moore Corps began with a call to action for WKZO listeners to attend the initial orientation and has grown from there.
Among her many contributions, Moore was recognized for her activism in starting the Lori Moore Corps with CIS's CHAMPS Award.
Watch above for comments from Moore and footage of the CIS celebration.