Waynesville Kiwanis honor third-graders

Jan 14, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo HONORING STUDENT PROGRESS — Pictured are the 39 students who received the Kiwanis BUG awards at Clyde Elementary School.

The Waynesville Kiwanis honored Clyde Elementary School third-graders for raising their grades. Mike Simonson, Kiwanis Club of Waynesville president, Billy Riggs, BUG chair, and 12 Kiwanis other members presented “BUG” awards to the third grade students.  BUG stands for “Bring Up Grades.”

The program is designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades into an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next.

Students are empowered to participate in their own academic success, which builds self-confidence, perseverance and character. They attain important life skills known as developmental assets that help them make smart choices. According to the Search Institute, an organization focused on helping youth succeed, the more developmental assets a student attains the less likely he or she is to participate in risky behavior and the more likely he or she is to succeed.

Thirty-nine students at Clyde Elementary brought up their grades from the last nine weeks and were recognized with a certificate to take home to their parents,  a Kiwanis pencil, a BUG pin and a BUG bumper sticker for their parent’s vehicle.

If the students continue to maintain or raise their grades throughout the year, they will receive a BUG T-shirt.  Every child in the room, including those who did not make it this time, raised their hands indicating they wanted to work hard enough to obtain a T-shirt.

The third grade teachers at Clyde are Paige Bridges, Holly Holcombe, Eugenia Palmer and Karin Waldrop.

Another program that involves all third graders in Haywood Public Schools is the Dictionary Project.  Kiwanis provides each child, a total of 503, with his or her very own dictionary and a short lesson on how to use the dictionary.

Those interested in helping the children of Haywood County and enjoying great fellowship, please join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club. For more information, contact Jack Webb, membership chair, at 400-5621.

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