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Charles Bogus Presented the Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron Award

The Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron Family Faculty Award was established in November 2013 through a bequest from the estate of Jonathan O’Herron and at the direction of the children of Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron: Anne O’Herron Burleigh, Sarah O’Herron Casey ’80 and Jonathan O’Herron Jr. Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron were the proud grandparents of 11 Country School students and one current employee, Daley Avery.  
This biennial award honors a faculty or staff member who has shown extraordinary dedication to the school and to the students, and has taught or worked at Country School for at least 10 years. Head of School Aaron Cooper presented the Shirley and Jonathan O’Herron Award to Charles Bogus, causing the over 400 faculty, staff and school parents gathered to rise twice for standing ovations.
“Tonight it is my honor to award the O’Herron family faculty award to one of the first people I met when I first stepped foot on campus, and likely one of the first you met, too: Charles Bogus. Whenever a radio call goes out to Charles, he answers with “Talk to me.”  Ok, Charles.  I will, or rather, I will talk about you.

Charles has been a part of the NCCS facilities department for 36 years, greeting families and students at carline, setting up for events, helping out in classrooms, preparing the campus for the school year, cleaning, fixing, installing, transporting, delivering, plowing, and so much more. But what he has done barely scratches the surface of his impact.  

Charles is also Dad to Jennifer class of 2010 and Charlie class of 2013. He stays involved in Norwalk, where he grew up with his many siblings in several ways, one of which is running an arts and crafts program for kids during the summer at the Norwalk Housing Authority. He is involved in so many circles, and he makes sure there is room for everyone.

Charles has also been Santa Claus for Horizons’ holiday celebrations, is a regular in the faculty chorus, is bowling captain for the faculty team and quick to participate in a student skit. He has literally done everything imaginable here and has approached all of it with enthusiasm, friendliness, a good sense of humor, and most of all love for the students and the school.

After starting with “Talk to me,” Charles ends his radio calls with “I got you.” And he does. For 36 years, he has taken care of us, made us laugh, talked sports with us, and been the best face imaginable for this wonderful school. Thank you for your invaluable contributions, and I am so honored to present this award to you.”  

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