Michele Grgas Thomas The Triplicate

I was honored to represent the Rotary Club of Crescent City last Friday as a presenter of the Spirit of Rotary Award to Hailey Price, a fifth-grader at Pine Grove Elementary School.

Eight other local students have been selected for the annual award that honors a commitment to service to others and strong leadership skills. All will receive their awards before the end of this school year and the Triplicate will publish all their names in an upcoming Neighbors section.

Although principal Lara Hirt was kind enough to put me at the

beginning of the program so I could get to work, the spirit of the event

held me captive and I stayed for well over an hour. I enjoyed being in

an elementary school environment again, and it brought back memories of

assemblies I attended for my own children years ago.

At Pine Grove, dozens of awards for achievements in academics and

citizenship were presented to students from preschool through fifth

grade during their monthly Student of the Month Awards assembly. Star

readers, writers, artists and mathematicians were recognized along with

students celebrated for good citizenship and perfect attendance.

Kindergarteners wore headbands boasting "perfect attendance" and

clapped along with the standing-room-only crowd of students, teachers,

parents and grandparents as each winner's name was announced and Mrs.

Hirt shared some information about his or her accomplishments.

The students accepted their awards, some modestly, others with

exuberance, then climbed onto risers to face the applauding crowd and

pose for photos during their moment of fame.

Reach Michele Thomas, the Del Norte Triplicate's publisher, at

mtandshy;hoandshy;masandshy;@triplicate.com, 464-2141 or stop by 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.