Kiwanis Recognizes Elementary Students for Outstanding Community Services
The month of May is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis, and this week the group presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to students from Terrace Park Elementary and Mariemont Elementary.
This year, the Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to Samantha Flerlage at Terrace Park Elementary and Abby Scheeser at Mariemont Elementary.
Samantha is a 6th-grade student, who has accummulated 44 hours of community service this school year. She has volunteered with her church’s Sunday school program, Girls on the Run, Matthew 25: Ministries and around her school and community. According to 6th grade teacher and Builders Club advisor, Ann Williams, “Samantha is always happy and optimistic. Samantha once told me that she likes to give back what the community has given to her.” Samantha raised over $800 for Children’s HopeChest, which will help feed orphans in Ethopia. “I am so thankful that the community cared so much and was so generous,” said Samantha.
Abby Scheeser, a 6th grade student at Mariemont Elementary School, has spent countless hours serving her community, both around Mariemont and abroad. She raised money for her church, volunteered at a soup kitchen in Covington and recently went on a mission trip in Cancun, among many other activities that she does in and out of school. “She is a role model for her classmates and the younger students alike,” said Sy Miller, 5th grade teacher. “She just wants to make a positive impact on her community however she can, and she really puts her heart into everything she does.”
Congratulations to these two students and role models for us all!
We would like to extend our thanks to Don Guerney and Jack Smith, the Kiwanis members who help with the Builders Clubs in both of our elementary school buildings. Builders Club is dedicated to community service, and is where the students get an opportunity to get involved with leadership opportunities. The Builders Club members in both elementary schools assist in various ways around the school building and the community. Click here for more information about our local Kiwanis chapter. “Your presence is felt, is known and is greatly appreciated. We’re grateful for the impact you’re having on our schools,” said Ericka Simmons, principal of Mariemont Elementary, about Kiwanis.