Harrisonville BOE recognizes students

Special to the Democrat MissourianJune 7, 2013 

Student recognitions took center stage May 21 at the Harrisonville Board of Education meeting.

Chris Grantham, principal of Harrisonville Middle School, explained how students have gone above and beyond expectations.

First, Grantham recognized Micaela Roberts, Lily Harold, Audrey Welhoff, Jadyn Gilbert, Kaylee Tieman, Baylee Streit and Dawson Dickey for participating in the play.

“These kids exemplify going above and beyond the call of duty,” he said. “They are working hard for a good four or five months on the play, and the payoff is incredible. The play was tremendous, and it was standing room only for all of the shows. Each of these students had to work together, many of them overcame obstacles along the way in order to perform on a daily basis, and they showed intense leadership.”

Next, Chad Nutter, Zach Williams, Josh Verstrate, Dylan Reeves and Dylan McGee were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the backpack project – a volunteer service project in which they help pack backpacks with food for kids in need who don't have enough to eat over the weekend.

“We are always trying to teach our kids to give back to the community,” said Grantham. “These guys take time out of their school day and never complain. It is an amazing thing to see them work together for this great cause. They are an inspiration to the community and a great example of how to give back.”

Finally, several students who helped Bright Futures, a new initiative that strives to help students achieve success by matching student needs with resources through partnerships between the schools and the community, were honored. Grantham recognized Joe Adame, Taylor Anderson, Jasper Davis and Josh Harris for their help in moving a family in need that had been in transition ever since Hurricane Katrina.

“Our middle schoolers just went to town on this,” he said. “They jumped right in, worked so hard, and were always very respectful to the family.”

Applauding all of the students for their efforts, Grantham reiterated the importance of kids taking part in their community.

“It never fails to amaze me,” he said. “You give these kids a sense of direction and a purpose and they never disappoint. Every one of them goes above and beyond on a daily basis. It is truly amazing what they can accomplish when given the opportunity.”

Following the student recognition awards, Donna Pfautsch presented the school board with a proclamation in honor of receiving the 2012-13 Distinction in Performance Award.

“It is my honor to be here tonight to present this to the board,” she said. “After spending 40 years of my life here, I have been very fortunate. This is not the first resolution of distinction we have had. Thank you all for your service.”

The board also voted unanimously to approve the contract for removal and replacement of boilers at Harrisonville Middle School, Early Childhood Center and Harrisonville Elementary School from Waldinger for $106,327.

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