Martha’s Vineyard Community Notes

Cronkite awards presented

The Stone Soup Leadership Conference Institute distributed its third Annual Walter Cronkite Awards at a ceremony in the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on August 2.

Journalist and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault, recipient of the 2012 Walter Cronkite Award, said, “This Award in Walter Cronkite’s name will spur me to keep on keeping on — trying to the best of my ability to be a witness on behalf of a public that needs all of us to be the best we can be in what I still consider to be one of the noblest professions of all.”

Vineyard student Shavanae Anderson received the Walter Cronkite Youth Award. Ms. Anderson filmed and co-produced the video, “Passing the Torch,” in honor of Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary, which was celebrated last year.

Mr. Cronkite’s daughter Kathy presented the awards. “Dad would be proud, not only of this award in his honor, but of those receiving it,” she said. “He was passionate about educating young people to be global citizens. He loved this Island especially and knew that the problems here were a microcosm of problems facing the world community.”

The Stone Soup Leadership Institute is a nonprofit education organization founded on Martha’s Vineyard. For more information, go to soup4world.com.

Theatre Project receives grants

Phyllis Vecchia, director of the Creative Drama program, announced that the Martha’s Vineyard Center for the Visual Arts will provide a $2,000 grant to fund a women in history theatre project for junior high school students at the Tisbury School and Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School in West Tisbury.

The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank Charitable Fund will provide a $1,000 grant for the project at the Tisbury school. In the upcoming school year the project will focus on Anne Hutchinson, women from the Salem witchcraft trials, the Suffragists, Billie Jean King, Phillis Wheatley, and Abigail Adams. For information about the program, contact Phyllis Vecchia at 508-696-8738.