As the countdown continues toward the end of the school year, it’s time for honors to be bestowed upon those who, for whatever reason, accomplished something.
The annual Awards Assembly (what it is called may vary, but what it is rarely does) is that special time when students receive recognition and parents get a measure of validation.
It may be for achievements such as: perfect attendance, academic excellence, athletics, citizenship, musical skills, safety patrol, student newspaper, yearbook, home economics, math challenge, debate, class officers, physical fitness, reading challenge, office assistant, film assistant, library helper, student athletic manager … (add your own here).
The honors seem to increase as the student ages and moves forward through mid-high (or, junior high as it was in my era) and high school. Especially in high school, you see some that have monetary value: scholarships.
In my high school, there were more than 500 awards, including scholarships, presented during the specia assembly my senior year. That was to a large extent due to having a major corporation in town that was very community-oriented and education-minded.
All the awards were important. Students enjoyed the praise and recognition. Parents also enjoy seeing their children honored. It’s a mark of success, an indication that something was done right and all can be proud of it.
So if you’re sitting there in the audience as Little Susie get her certificate for straight A’s, or Little Johnny picks up the Outstanding Basketball Player Award before your child’s name is called for his or her honors, just be patient and enjoy the moment.
Those memories are worth the wait.
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