Jane Colleton, who has served on the District 202 School Board for 20 years, was awarded last month the “Living Legend – Trailblazer Award” in association with Evanston’s 14th annual African American Youth Achievement Awards. The award was established in 2009 to honor African American Evanstonians whose leadership and contributions to the country and the community can inspire and encourage African American youth.

Ms. Colleton, mother of four college-educated ETHS graduates, was a Montessori Certified infant/toddler educator at Chiaravalle School for more than 30 years. She has served as president of the Dewey and Nichols PTAs and co-president of the ETHS PTA, was a co-founder of the Parent Advisory Network at ETHS, and has served on numerous ETHS committees.

Ms. Colleton was honored for having “tirelessly devoted many years of service to the Evanston community, especially to better the lives of families and young people.” She co-founded Mother’s Helpline in 1973, served on Evanston’s Community Development Block Grant Committee from 1986 to 1992, co-founded and has volunteered with the Picture-Book Project literacy initiative and has helped at-risk youth for years as a member of COE Pops/Moms as well as other volunteer work.