I looked up the criteria for giving out Citizenship Awards and found this at the NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) site.
The award (Citizenship) honors any student in elementary, middle, or high school who has shown by their words and actions that they possess the qualities and characteristics we hope to instill in all our students.
There were probably many other awards given out on Monday for Firsts in sports and academics but, what should be a big highlight in Lexie's life probably is one that young kids don't realize the value of yet at their age and she probably does not either.
Too often, disruptive students command attention while the students who follow the rules and conduct themselves appropriately go unnoted. The American Citizenship Award is designed to recognize the students that consistently exhibit the kinds of behaviors we want to see displayed in our schools and in our communities. We all want students who are always prepared in class, have their homework finished on time and volunteer whenever volunteers are needed. We want students who are ready to help others, always play fair and treat everyone with respect; students who exemplify the desirable behaviors we all want to encourage. Honoring model students with this award will inspire and encourage other students to strive to be better citizens. The American Citizenship Award can be thought of as recognition by the principal that "I caught you doing something GOOD!"
Yesterday I called her and said, "Lexie! I am so proud of you for getting a Citizenship Award at your school!" She replied, "I was so proud of myself too."
Very good job Babe! You are a sweet, loving and caring person and I hope you will continue to cultivate those qualities in your life no matter what life throws your way. Your name Alexis Dustene means "helper of mankind" and you have been demonstrating that you are that sort of person. We all love you!
The following test was developed as an age test by an R&D department at Harvard University. I received it from my friend Sandi and since it was fun I wanted to share it with you all today too.
Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake. (The average person over 50 years of age can't do it.)
1. This is this cat
2. This is is cat
3. This is how cat
4. This is to cat
5. This is keep cat
6. This is an cat
7. This is old cat
8. This is cuss cat
9. This is busy cat
10. This is for cat
11. This is forty cat
12. This is seconds cat
Now go back and read aloud the third word in each line from the top down and I betcha you can't resist passing it on. :-)
I visited with Millie yesterday. She does not have the IV stuff in her left arm anymore (where they administered medications). So the big, black spot it was creating there will be healing now. It is therapeutic to visit with her and wash her face and hands and feet. I talk to her as long as I have something to say then we just sit quietly. We listened to some of her favorite music - KT Oslin and also Milly Jackson.