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Kiwanis honors Terrific Kids at luncheon


March 28, 2019 | View PDF

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Eymar's siblings and mother, Eymar Martinez, Richland School District Director of Instruction Elia Sagasta.

The Shafter Kiwanis Club held a luncheon to honor the Terrific Kids from the Richland School District. Each month, students are nominated by teachers who believe that the students has displayed improvement either in the classroom, playground, or in citizenship, being a good example of the character traits that the national Terrific Kids program personifies.

The character trait for this last month was "INQUISITIVE."

The Terrific Kids Program is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. "Terrific" is an acronym for thoughtful, enthusiastic, respectful, responsible, inclusive, friendly, inquisitive and capable.

Students work with their classroom teacher to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance and schoolwork. Students who achieve their goals are recognized by their respective Kiwanis Clubs. As a result of this program, students build character and develop leadership skills. They also attain important life skills known as development assets that help them make smart choices.

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Richland School District Superintendent Dr. Dago Garcia, Eymar Martinez and Eymar's mother.

This month, Golden Oak Elementary School was represented by the Richland School District director of instruction, Elia Sagasta, who introduced Eymar Martinez. Eymar is an impeccable student who strives to do the right thing. He is "a great example to follow."

Sequoia Elementary Principal Frank Flores and Assistant Principal Jennifer Painter introduced Armando Munoz as Sequoia's Terrific Kid. Armando is a "very bright and efficient student." He questions many things, such as "What are we working on and WHY?"

Richland Junior High Principal Rosa Romero introduced the school's representatives to the Kern County Honor Band and Orchestra: Jeronimo Ceja, Nathan Delgado, Genaro Montoya, Laura Neufeld, Emmanual Valle and Philip Wilson. These students all demonstrate curiosity and strive to broaden their horizons, she said.

The Kiwanis Club of Shafter each month honors the students with a luncheon, a certificate, T-shirt, sticker and a pencil for their accomplishments.


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