“All Around Awesome” aptly describes 15 Shepherdsville Elementary School fifth graders who now appear on Preparing Early Partner (PEP) posters.
In alphabetical order – Devin Cambron, Tiffany Carter, Kasey Clark, Hannah Crabtree, Ayya Hammad, Hannah Hockenbury, Isabelle Kuntz, Dalton Lucas, Savana Mohr, Grace Rogers, Claire Schneider, Chloe Stults, Dakota Sweeney, Jahmaria Wilder and Carson Willingham.
Family Resource Center Coordinator Traci Gould explained staff members nominate fourth or fifth grades based on criteria which includes positive attitude/effort/good citizenship; pledge to be drug free (verbally); grades; positive role model to other students and no discipline issues
“If students accept the nomination, they secure three references and write a one-page essay about being a role model,” Gould explained. “Then, they interview with a panel of adults, and answer questions about themselves.”
Once selected for inclusion on a poster, Gould stages them with their favorite hobby, something special in life or what they aspire to be, and takes numerous photographs. She selects the image which best conveys the student.
A+ Signs and Designs creates the graphic design of the posters and prints them. During the unveiling ceremony, each youth read why it is important to be drug free before seeing their poster the first time.
Each poster was greeted by applause from a proud audience of family members.
Students enjoyed a reception where they used markers to autograph their posters.
Gould was all smiles as she watched the happy interaction.
“This is one of my favorite programs of the year!” she said.