The five Middle School students who were named Delta Kappa Gamma Good Neighbors throughout the school year were the guests at a reception held in their honor May 1, 2018 at the Johnson County Middle School Library. With their parents and family, they were treated to congratulatory remarks by many local leaders: Johnson County Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Middle School Principal Dr. Robert Heath, County Mayor Larry Potter, City Mayor Kevin Parsons, County Commissioner Chair Mike Taylor, and chairwoman of the Educational Excellence committee for Gamma Mu, Sheila Cruse.
State Representative Timothy Hill also spoke to the honorees and presented each one with a Proclamation in their honor which had been read on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives. United States Representative Dr. Phil Roe mailed personal notes of congratulations and affirmation to each Good Neighbor. Delta Kappa Gamma International is a society for key women educators whose mission is to promote excellence in education for children around the globe. Members of the local chapter understand that there must be a system of accountability, that we must measure student progress to ensure that what was taught was also learned.
However, the focus cannot be solely on academic performance, for that is not the only marker for a well-educated individual. With the Good Neighbor Award, the focus is shifted to a more personal dimension of characteristics “good neighbors” possess, especially compassion, kindness, and generosity, and recognizes students who are imbued with those qualities.
The Good Neighbors for 2017-18 are Allison Morefield, Brayden Gentry, Madison Thomas, Karen Velarde and Graham Reece. Each received a framed certificate to honor their exemplary neighborly qualities, a personalized copy of Shel Silverstein’s classic book, “The Giving Tree” and a “goodie bag” filled with items donated by local businesses. To make their recognition even more special, Sen. Jon Lundberg sent each one a Tennessee flag that had been flown at the Capitol Building in their honor, along with a certificate of recognition.
We are very proud of this year’s Good Neighbors, and wish them much future success in their personal and educational endeavors.