Guardian Angels of Students

Posted by International Inner Wheel | Jun 21, 2022 |

"Heroes in the Corona Crisis”

On 20 May 2022, Inner Wheel Clubs in Germany organised an award ceremony in Munich to announce the award recipients of the project "Heroes in the Corona Crisis” who were presented with the Munich Inner Wheel Moral Courage Award 2022.

Three Bavarian elementary schools and one elementary school teacher were given the honoured award.

In the press building of the Münchner Merkur, the six Munich Inner Wheel Clubs honoured schools and teachers who had shown special commitment to supporting and strengthening students and families in their individual situations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The call for entries went out to around 2,750 elementary and special schools in Bavaria with a total of 49,000 teachers.

The press called Inner Wheel "guardian angels of our students!" And added that it is “because they saw the need of the parents and did everything to catch and strengthen the children."

Four schools were awarded. The third prize went to the newly developed school radio "Antennenlohe" by the elementary school Tennenlohe. The second place was awarded to the elementary school teacher Carina Belyamna with her daily video classroom.

The winner: First Prize for a Munic elementary school. (Left to right) Roswitha Wenzl, IWC Munic-Residence, Simone Fleischmann, Jury member, parents, children and teachers from the first price winner school and Anna Kleeblatt, Moderator.

The winner: First Prize for a Munic elementary school. (Left to right) Roswitha Wenzl, IWC Munic-Residence, Simone Fleischmann, Jury member, parents, children and teachers from the first price winner school and Anna Kleeblatt, Moderator.


The first place was the Munich elementary school at Burmesterstrasse, which succeeded with a lot of creativity and empathy to remain a "school family". "It was very important for us to include all children, not to lose any of them," said Ulrike Arndt, Principal of this school. "That's why we did a lot of things, like distributing doughnuts over the windows, throwing chocolate bunnies over the mailboxes, creating a telephone number against sorrow, celebrating birthdays virtually...".

A special prize was awarded to the community of Weßling with its project: "No alternating classes, face-to-face classes for everyone!", in which all the community's buildings were converted to make a normal school day possible.

A cheerful atmosphere prevailed during the award ceremony, charmingly carried by moderator Anna Kleeblatt from the Inner Wheel Club Munich. She was enthusiastically supported by numerous guests and many children.

A strong team! Women from 6 Inner Wheel Clubs in Munich promote civil courage at Bavarian schools. (Left to right) Dr. Dagmar Kreienberg, Sabine Jaenecke, Jeannette Haugg, Helga Beck, Christa Donner, Anna Kleeblatt, Roswitha Wenzl.

A strong team! Women from 6 Inner Wheel Clubs in Munich promote civil courage at Bavarian schools. (Left to right) Dr. Dagmar Kreienberg, Sabine Jaenecke, Jeannette Haugg, Helga Beck, Christa Donner, Anna Kleeblatt, Roswitha Wenzl.


In his video message, Bavaria's Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Dr. Michael Piazolo, also emphasised on the teachers' achievements as "soul comforters, contact persons and valuable companions for children and parents in a difficult time. The award is well deserved, congratulations!"

The National Representative of Inner Wheel Germany, Dorothée Remmler-Bellen, sent virtual warm greetings to teachers and children, She also thanked the Inner Wheel friends in Munich for their commitment. For her, this award ceremony is a visible sign of Inner Wheel's social commitment.

In her personal greeting, the Incoming National Representative of Inner Wheel Germany, Christine Altona congratulated the award winners. She has actively supported the idea of moral courage commitment of the Munich clubs from the beginning and is pleased that this award has found such a great resonance among teachers and parents.

Inner Wheel District 88 Chairman, Dagmar Schleich, was also present in person. She emphasised her appreciation of the moral courage award and how important it is to speak out and show character. "For me, moral courage is a component of social cohesion. Through this community project, the Munich Inner Wheel clubs have shown in an outstanding way what can be achieved by working together."

The prize money was provided by the clubs as well as individual Inner Wheel members. The prize is offered every two years. The next call for entries will be in 2024.

Roswitha Wenzl, Editor Inner Wheel Germany