The five Middle School students who had been named Gamma Mu Good Neighbors throughout the school year were the guests at a reception held in their honor May 3, 2016 in the conference room at the Johnson County Public Library. With their parents and family, they were treated to congratulatory remarks by Rep. Timothy Hill, Johnson County Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Middle School Principal Edna Miller, and Sheila Cruse, President of Gamma Mu.
This recognition comes from an effort on the part of Gamma Mu, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, to shift some of the focus of education from GPAs and standardized test scores to a more personal dimension of compassion, kindness, and generosity. DKG is a society for key women educators; this is in keeping with their mission to promote excellence in education for children around the world.
Omar Linares, Olivia Scheirer, Mary Gentry, Elizabeth Branch and Austin Gentry 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. Members of Gamma Mu were present to congratulate them and serve refreshments.
Gamma Mu members plan to continue to recognize Middle School students who deserve the Good Neighbor Award each school year.