Photographer Named UP Citizen of the Year

Local life coach and blogger Erin Schreyer is University Park’s 2020 Citizen of the Year.

Schreyer and her family moved to the city 10 years ago. 

While sheltering in place, she saw a story about a photographer who was taking front porch photos of families and was inspired.

Schreyer decided to take some photos of her own and ask the families to donate to the nonprofit of their choice in lieu of a fee.

“I love and value a strong sense of community,” she said. “This City represents that.”

Schreyer put the word out in a neighborhood email group, took photos of the first five families who responded, and shared them on Facebook with a short narrative and the nonprofit they chose.

Over the span of a few weeks, she photographed 399 families and collected $153,000 fo 188 nonprofits.

Mayor Tommy Stewart will present Schreyer with a plaque and a Citizen of the Year gift. The Citizen of the Year award was created by the city council in 2005 to boost public awareness and appreciation for the many residents who work, often behind the scenes, to better the city’s quality of life.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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