Barb Lauff of Sterling is the recipient of the Harlene Kopen Humanitarian Award.
She was recognized by the Rock River Striders Running Club during the 20th annual running of the Reindeer Ramble 5K race Dec. 8 in the Quad Cities.
The award is presented each year to someone who has given unselfishly to worthy organizations and causes by volunteering their time, talents, and resources for enriching the lives of others.
She has taught orchestra in the Sterling Public schools for more than 20 years, increasing her number of students each year. Lauff and her students are involved in performing many community events.
She also coaches cross country and track for all age levels, and creates for student athletes, a lifestyle that will keep them healthy and fit through their adult lives. In addition, she is the founder and president of the Rock River Road Runners Running Club of Sterling, serves as the USA Track an Field IL Masters chairwoman, and is the race director for the Music in Motion 5K road race, where profits are used to purchase musical instruments for students.