Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character Recipients for April 2016

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Eight students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Josaleen Yates, Rihanna Garcia and LaNaya Mitchell, first graders at T.C. Berrien Elementary SchoolAccording to School Social Worker Reta Elliot, Josaleen, Rihanna and LaNaya “showed courage and did what true citizens do in a real emergency situation.” Recently when entering the classroom from recess, the six-year-old girls noticed a classmate who was having a seizure. Apparently the student was light headed, dizzy and began staggering while attempting to walk. “The little team of students, immediately assisted the student in need by helping her walk safely on the stairwell to make sure she didn’t get hurt,” said Elliot. While the teacher assisted in the situation, Josaleen, Rihanna and LaNaya made sure everyone stayed calm and helped lead the student to a safer area.

Esther Cazares, Abigail Thorne, Luenice Fonseca, Jada Myrick and Hayley Rupert at Cumberland Mills Elementary School – Teacher LaTonya Brewington, School Counselor Aliena Maples and the Kindergarten teachers at Cumberland Mills Elementary School all agree that Esther, Abigail, Luenice, Jada and Hayley are “wonderful role models and show excellent citizenship to all students” at the school. This school year, the five girls were nominated to help kindergarten students during breakfast time and with AR reading or general tasks based on their outstanding character. Mid-year it was noted by their teachers that they are disciplined, self-starters who initiate positive behavior and have kind and caring spirits. “These young ladies are trusted to help our kindergarten students with minimal supervision or direction,” said the school counselor and teachers. “Esther, Abigail, Jada, Luenice and Hayley first complete their responsibilities and then take time out of their morning routine every day to help assist kindergarten students with their responsibilities. All five of these young ladies are wonderful role models to others on how to be a great citizen.”

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.



Published on May 6, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd