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Professor receives UGA’s Bobbi Meeler Sahm Award for Service and Outreach

  |   Anika Chaturvedi   |   Permalink   |   Kudos,   Outreach,   Students and Faculty

Anna Abraham, E. Paul Torrance Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, received a 2024 Bobbi Meeler Sahm Service and Outreach Award to support a partnership between the Torrance Center and Clarke County School District.

Created and named for UGA alumna Bobbi Meeler Sahm, the awards recognize and support public service partnerships between the university and organizations in Athens.

The $10,000 award will fund need-based scholarships for Clarke County students to attend the Torrance Center’s Creative Explorers Camp, a summer day camp for rising third-fifth graders. Running for six weeks beginning the week of June 3, the camp sessions will introduce students to creativity across disciplines, including visual art, music, food, and nature.

“The Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at UGA’s Mary Frances Early College of Education offers creative imagination-focused summer day camps that aim to provide children in Athens and neighboring communities the unique opportunity to develop these crucial 21st-century skills,” Abraham said. “The weekly camp sessions explore a wide variety of innovative domains and are designed to build creative confidence and cultivate the imagination.”

Founded in 1984, the Torrance Center fosters creativity among students and educators through camps and professional development opportunities. The Center is named for E. Paul Torrance, UGA Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus and a pioneering scholar of creativity education and research.

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