- Jessica Granger, fifth grade, Skyline Elementary, daughter of Dorann Granger
- Stacy Alcide, fifth grade, Skyline Elementary, daughter of Jocelyn and Remone Alcide
Skyline Elementary has a food backpack program that allows students with families in need to take groceries home with them on the weekends. The school hands out anywhere between 65 and 100 backpacks each week. Jessica and Stacy have taken an active role with the backpack program this year in order to help others. They organize and set up the food, collect the empty backpacks at the beginning of each week and then assist with filling the backpacks. On Fridays they fill a wagon with the completed backpacks and deliver them to the designated classrooms so the students on the program can take the groceries home for the weekend.
- Jeremy Leffler, 12th grade, Mariner High, son of Tim and Donna Leffler
Quite often, regular education students are nominated for their kindness and helpfulness with their special needs peers. Teacher's aide Mrs. Betty Alt, though, is nominating one of the lifeskills class members, Jeremy Leffler, for looking out for the interests of his classmates. Jeremy was born with a condition that required open heart surgery at 3 months of age. As he grew, it was apparent that he was experiencing developmental delay and has been in a lifeskill class throughout his life. At home Jeremy is a typical teenager who enjoys weightlifting and exercising with his dad. Despite his own disabilities, Jeremy assists with the care of his wheelchair-bound younger brother who has cerebral palsy, including after school care when his parents are at work. At school, Jeremy is a member of the ROTC class and shows respect toward everyone. He assists the lifeskills class he attends and helps with the more severely handicapped students who are wheelchair bound and often cannot communicate. Jeremy's school wants him to know that they notice all the wonderful things he does while keeping up a great attitude.
- Sofia Santiago, kindergarten, Trafalgar Elementary, daughter of Maria-Jose Alfaro and Max Santiago
There is a young man in Sofia's class who has had a tough time of it lately. The boy recently lost his father to cancer, then his mom lost her job adding to the stress which was already on the family. The class knows this family is struggling and Sofia wanted to do something to help so she had a lemonade stand in March to raise money for her classmate. She helped her mom to make cupcakes to sell and obtained the help of her little brother to man the lemonade and cupcake stand. Sofia was able to donate a hard-earned $100 to help out the family. Sofia's mother tells me that she is teaching Sofia the importance of anonymity, so she is proud of Sofia for promising not to tell her friends about her donation to the young man or his struggles.