Toronto Lions present GOOD awards
The Toronto Lion’s Club GOOD Awards recently were presented at Karaffa Elementary School to Josey Dickinson, Maggie Long, Cherish DeGarmo, Audrey Agin, Chloe Fisher, Heath Thomas, Lilly Frey, Olivia Owings, and Dax Giglio. Toronto Lions Club members Fred Burns, Ellsworth Graham, and Brant Boka participated in the awards ceremony. The GOOD Award was created by Ron Derry, who developed the award with the belief that more emphasis should be placed on student behaviors within the school environment. He created a list of 10 behaviors, which he thought would enable students to become “good citizens. The behaviors became the criteria for the award and includes attending school regularly; completing homework assignments on time; displaying neatness and accuracy with all written work; showing preparation for all announced tests; showing interest in learning through means of appropriate questions; being a good listener in class; constantly showing respect for administrators, teachers and all other school personnel; doing his/her part to see the classroom is conducive to a good learning environment; displaying acts of good citizenship on a daily basis; and showing an act of caring toward another person in a difficult situation. Teachers at Karaffa Elementary School were asked to select one student in their third-, fourth- or fifth-grade class who best exemplified these behaviors. Students who had previously won the GOOD award were not eligible to receive it again. Chris Dopp, school principal, congratulated the honored students and their parents. “Being chosen for this award is truly a wonderful display of good character that is recognized by those around you,” Dopp said, extending a special thank-you to the Lions Club for sponsoring the program, which has become an important part of each school year. Pictured are, front, from left, Josey Dickinson, Maggie Long, Cherish DeGarmo, Audrey Agin, Chloe Fisher, Heath Thomas, Lilly Frey, Olivia Owings and Dax Giglio; and back, Toronto Lions Club members Ellsworth Graham, Fred Burns and Brant Boka.