The deadline is swiftly approaching for Lee County School District (LCSD) Citizen of the Year nominations to be submitted. Principals will accept them from teachers and community members from now until the April 8 deadline. The names of each school finalist will be received by the District Office no later than April 15.
The Office of the Superintendent initiated this program to honor students who have demonstrated outstanding service or made exceptional voluntary contributions to the LCSD community. The LCSD Citizen of the Year honor will be bestowed on one student at each school. Those students will qualify for the district-level award to be presented at Class Night of 2020, regardless of their ages.
At the opening ceremony this year, LCSD Superintendent Dr. Wanda Andrews announced her intent to implement a district-wide focus on relationships throughout the district. As a result, when selecting the recipient for this award, the Committee will look for a student who, among other attributes, continually gives of his or her time, dedicating their talents to the betterment of the school community voluntarily.
“This student will possess the qualities we hope to instill in all of our students,” says Andrews. “He or she will have the strength of character and courage to do what is right.”
Students must be of impeccable integrity; follow the rules; treat others with respect; have no behavior referrals; helpful to others; kind and responsible; have a strong work ethic; and be active in school to be considered for the award. It will be easy for the schools to make a selection since most of them already have the program implemented and awards given each month or quarter. West Lee Elementary School Principal Dr. Veronica Bradley said their criteria are quite simple as well.
The student who is selected for this award at West Lee will consistently follow the school rules in addition to displaying other positive character traits. These traits include leadership and communication skills, self-discipline, self-respect, and respect for others. In addition, this student attends school daily because he/she understands the importance of a good education.
“We believe that the key to a successful future begins at the elementary level where students develop social skills, behavioral expectations, and academic intelligence that will allow them to be productive citizens in a global and ever-changing society,” says Bradley.
Applications will be accepted at the District Office until April 15, 2020. You may mail applications to LCSD, 310 Roland Street, Bishopville, S.C., 29010 or submit your nomination to the student’s principal no later than April 8, 2020.