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St. Bernard Family Recognized as Family of the Year for the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Award

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Date: 12/08/2021

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St. Bernard Family Recognized as Family of the Year for the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Award

Chalmette, LA - The Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs recognized the Barthe family of St. Bernard Parish earlier today, presenting them with the Family of the Year Award for the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Awards.

This award is given in recognition of a family who exemplifies courage, strength, and unity for other families in Louisiana. 

The Barthe family was nominated by Cheramie Kerth, the Special Education Supervisor for the St. Bernard Parish Public School System. In her nomination, Kerth shared that the Barthe family has an innate ability to turn challenges into success. 

From our first meeting, I knew they possessed something special. They work together, have the same goals, spend an enormous amount of time together, and all for the good of Josephine Marie Barthe (also called Bean),” she said. “Bean, a student at Arabi Elementary School, was born with a rare syndrome called ‘Charge Syndrome,’ but her disability could never stop her or her family from making this lifetime of challenges into a lifetime of family memories.”

Kerth referred to the Barthe family as “models” in the community. 

“The Barthe family serves as a contributing community member,” Kerth said. “What sets this family apart is that they are GIVERS. In my 31 years of serving students and families, I can honestly say that this family is most deserving of the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities Award.”

In his letter of appreciation, Jamar Ennis, Assistant Director for the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs, extended his gratitude to the Barthe family.

“Thank you for your service, leadership, and commitment to the disability community in Louisiana,” he said. 

Congratulations to the Barthe family on this very deserving honor.

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