APS Teacher, Volunteer Honored by Partnership for Children, Youth and Families Long Branch Elementary School English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher Anne Malleck and Carlin Springs Elementary School volunteer Bob Bigney were named Connect With Kids Champions (CWK) by the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families (APCYF). CWK Champions are ordinary people who make extraordinary efforts to let young people know they are cared for and valued in the community. The APCYF selects CWK Champions twice a year as a way to acknowledge those who are making a difference in the lives of Arlington youth. Malleck was recognized for making a difference in the lives of her students by teaching them about getting along with one another and modeling good behavior. Every day, she holds a morning meeting to speak about good peer relations, using examples and role playing to help students understand the lesson. She encourages students to compliment each another and to settle disputes using their words instead of their fists. Bigney, or “Coach Bob,” takes time out of his busy schedule as the technical director for the Arlington Soccer Association to do even more for kids on a personal level. For several years, he has carved out time and attention for the students at Carlin Springs. Students light up when Bigney enters the cafeteria or comes out at recess to organize lunchtime soccer. He also runs a lunch group for boys who need extra support. Teachers know they can bring Bigney in as an extra support for students who need help getting along with their peers or staying on top of their schoolwork. Malleck and Bigney were recognized at last night’s School Board meeting.