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WES honors heroes

Students in second grade at West Elementary School took time to recognize these everyday heroes in a Super Citizens ceremony last week.
Students in second grade at West Elementary School took time to recognize these everyday heroes in a Super Citizens ceremony last week.

To cap off a special civic education program, second grade students at West Elementary School took time to celebrate some local heroes for the things they do to make this community the place it is.

Local heroes were honored during an April 19 ceremony at WES, and honorees were selected by students completing the Liberty Legacy Super Citizen Program.

More than 300 second graders from West Elementary filled the cafeteria after finishing ten weeks in the Super Citizen Program. The program taught students “about their important roles in America’s future,” explained Barbie Sumner, director of public affairs for Liberty Legacy. “The ‘Hands on Liberty’ DVD series and accompanying activities and lesson plans teach crucial lessons in civics, character, financial literacy and social studies to the iPhone, iPad generation. And in the closing piece of the program, Helping Hands, students are applying those crucial lessons in the real world.”

Students chose heroes who embodied the traits of amazing citizens and read essays from stage before presenting them with Liberty Pins. Sumner said students learned “when you honor a hero, you become a hero!”

The following local heroes were honored: Brittany Sykes, Sandra Newton, Cary Hitt, David Grissom, Margaret Sharpley, Laura Pruett, Jenette Hood, Bo Lloyd, Neil Willis, Lamarcus Baker, Joey Rushing and Joel Pounders.

The Super Citizen program was made possible at WES by CB&S Bank and G&G Steel and other community sponsors.

 

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