Optimist Clubs around the world are known for bringing out the best in kids. Several Optimist clubs in The Sun News coverage area are constantly doing something for young people or recognizing young people for things they have done.
Students ranging from kindergarteners to fifth-graders were recognized by the South Strand Optimist Club at a meeting at Applewood House of Pancakes in Litchfield on April 16.
The seven students honored during the club’s “Recognition of Elementary Youth Program” attend different public or private schools in the South Strand area, which extends from Surfside Beach to the city of Georgetown, and includes some surrounding areas.
Catherine Wall, a fifth-grader at Maryville Elementary School, received the award for arts, which is given to a student with exceptional imagination and skill in painting, drawing, music, drama or writing. She was nominated by Diane Turnley.
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Rachel Dozier, a fifth-grader at Kensington Elementary School, received the award for community service, which is given to a child who stands out in his or her willingness and ability to help others. She was nominated by Tanieka Greggs.
Davi Terra Millener, a kindergartner at Lowcountry Preparatory School, received the award for courage, given to a child who has faced a great challenge with extraordinary bravery and endurance. Davi was nominated by Kristen Tellado. Reagan Greene, a kindergartener at Waccamaw Elementary School, who was nominated by Karen Pyatt, also received an award for courage.
Adrian Anderson, a fifth-grader at St. James Elementary School, who was nominated by Nicole Peters, received an award for fellowship, given to a child who inspires cooperation and group effort among her peers and/or people of all ages.
Anna Margaret Loftus, a fourth-grader at Waccamaw Intermediate School, who was nominated by Carol Burton, received the humanities award, given to a child with special appreciation of and sensitivity to literature, history, current events and other cultures.
Madison Gallina, a fifth-grader at St. James Elementary School, who was nominated by Susan Williamson, received the science award, given to a student whose curiosity has led to outstanding achievement in the exploration and discovery of his or her environment.
The South Strand Optimist Club also recognizes and honors people who work with or help kids in various ways.
Matt Waltemyer is president of the South Strand Optimist Club, which welcomes new members. “If you would like to be involved with recognizing our community’s youth, and those that assist them, we welcome you to join our effort,” he said.
At the May 21 meeting, the club will be recognizing career/technical high school students.
For information about the South Strand Optimist Club, call Waltemyer at 235-0671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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