Special to The Belton Journal
The Kiwanis Club of Belton develops volunteer leaders of all ages and abilities through service that positively impacts children and contributes to a healthy, vibrant community. The Club recently completed the 11th annual presentation of the Kiwanis Citizenship Award to 12 students at 12 campuses in the Belton Independent School District. The recipients are a 5th grade student at every elementary school and an 8th grade student at every middle school in BISD.
Citizenship Award recipients are chosen by staff members at each school based on the student’s exemplary service to school and community. In all, after eleven years, 86 students have received this highly sought after Kiwanis Award, which includes a medallion, a certificate, a $50 gift card for a family celebration meal at an area restaurant, a school plaque engraved with the student’s name, and the opportunity for the student to represent their school on the Kiwanis float at the 4th of July Parade in Belton.
The 2016 Kiwanis Citizenship Award was presented to three 8th grade students: Justin Brown at Lake Belton Middle School; Kaylee Maddox at North Belton Middle School; and Grace Fothergill at South Belton Middle School.
Nine fifth grade students were presented the Kiwanis Citizenship Award, Emily Guthrie at Miller Heights Elementary, Makayla Thompson at Southwest Elementary, Aidan Stock at Sparta Elementary; Aeris Youngblood at Leon Heights Elementary, Ashley Herrera at Chisholm Trail Elementary, Savannah Bradshaw at Lakewood Elementary, Bruce Onchweri at Joe M. Pirtle Elementary, Kinsley Lavery at Tarver Elementary, and Hailey Peevy at High Point Elementary.
The Kiwanis Club of Belton has Service Leadership Programs in 5 BISD schools: K-Kids (4th & 5th grades) at Southwest and Chisholm Trail Elementary schools; Builders Club at South Belton Middle School; Key Club at New Tech High School and at Belton High School; and CKI at UMHB. For more information about the Belton Kiwanis Club go to the Club’s website at Belton-tx.kiwanisone.org