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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chehalis-Centralia Optimists recognize special students each month

The Optimist Club of Chehalis-Centralia celebrates students throughout the school year with the Student of the Month program. According to Emma Ball, Zone 6 Lt. Governor, it's a great way to make a regular impression and learn about some pretty neat kids at the same time.

The Student of the Month program started in the 2002-2003 school year. Partnering with the Chehalis Middle School and the Centralia Middle School the Optimist Club began to recognize students for qualities other than sports and grades. They recognize students who display a good work ethic, who volunteer and help others without being asked, and for setting and working towards personal goals. And with those very basic guidelines, the Student of the Month Program has continued to honor students for 7 years.

All Students of the Month receive a gift certificate and vie for the opportunity to be chosen as Student of the Year during the recognition party in June.

In December, the Chehalis-Centralia Optimist Club recognized Cora Macy, Centralia Middle School and Alex Ackerson of Chehalis Middle School.

Cora is interested in becoming an orthodontist. She participates in Track and is a member of the Napavine 4H Club where she enjoys raising a steer every year. She volunteers with nursing home residents through her participation with 4H.

Alex wants to become a doctor or a writer. He volunteers with the Jackson Prairie Lutheran Church and participates in the Thanksgiving Dinner and Easter Breakfast events. He is very proud of Chehalis and supports beautification efforts by removing graffiti and picking up litter.

Information for this post was provided by Emma Ball and Mazie Schlickeizer.

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