Students, parents, teachers, principals, School Board of Alachua County Board members and other distinguished guests celebrated and recognized some our community's most outstanding youth on May 20, at Headquarters Library. The Kiwanis Club of the University City's presented its annual Citizen of the Year Awards Program to recognize fifth graders from each Alachua County elementary school as Citizens of the Year.
The awards program included words of encouragement and a keynote speaker. President Kiwanis Club of the University City (KCUC) Scottie Butler welcomed everyone and Past President Evan Pitts KCUC gave the opening prayer and led the Pledge of the Allegiance. Alachua County Library District Director Shaney T. Livingston and Charles "Chuck" Chestnut, IV, Chair Alachua County Board of County Commissioners provided words of encouragement.
Dr. Owen Roberts School Superintendent Alachua County Public Schools provided the keynote speech. Dr. Roberts said the students were being recognized for their fine qualities and character. He encouraged them to remember seven words: thoughtfulness, honesty, truthfulness, helpful, kindness, responsiblity and discipline.
The Citizens of the Year were congratulated and received a certificate, Domino's Gator Pizza coupons and a $25 Best Buy gift certificate. They will also receive their picture on a bookmark and souvenir photo from the the Alachua County Library District.
Honorees were selected from the students chosen at their school for the Citizens of the Month. Each month students are chosen by teachers and peers, based upon scholastic standing, attitude, conduct and contributions to the community, as well as their extracurricular activities.
The Library District congratulates and applauds student accomplishments and encourages all students to sign up for Summer Reading starting June 4 through August 16.
Photos below are from May 20 Citizens of the Year Awards Program.