**FILE** Courtesy of nage.org
**FILE** Courtesy of nage.org

As the nation commends basketball icon LeBron James for his contribution to the education of his hometown’s youth in Ohio, countless other unsung heroes across the country are also working toward the betterment of children.

Among them is D.C.-based National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Local R3-07, a group of public safety communication operators who expedite emergency and non-emergency calls for service for D.C. citizens.

Their Southeast center, which operates on a 24-hour, 365-day basis, has partnered with Moten Elementary School on Morris Road. Since 2016, without the assistance of corporate sponsorship, NAGE R3-07 has supplied Moten’s students with supplies, uniforms and coats.

“It’s a blessing to assist the children” said NAGE R3-07 President Debbie Knox. “We in public safety want to reveal to the children that we are more than a voice, more than a call. Seeing their face light up is a joy. We want them to know that there are many positive role models in the community.”

After brainstorming about how they could further make an impact, NAGE R-3 07 secretary Carolyn Morris suggested that the organization embarks on an education initiative.

“Nurturing and investing in our youth ensures a better today and tomorrow for all of us,” Morris said.

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