BY COLE WINTON
Selected students gathered in the media center for the Kids of Character breakfast on March 6. Students were chosen for the complimentary breakfast presented by the PTSA for showing character traits valued by Broward County.
“The PTSA works with the Broward school district to bring out kids that excel in responsibility, citizenship, kindness, respect, honesty, self control, tolerance and cooperation,” PTSA president Maricel Mayol said.
“Kids of Character is about kids who do their best in school,” she said. “It’s about kids who teachers think do their best and try to achieve as much as they can.”
Students don’t only have to exemplify these characteristics on a school campus. They can be recognized for their showcasing of these traits outside of school as well.
“Students can be selected for almost any kind of work that they’ve done. Many students do their service outside of school,” Ms. Mayol said.
There were 56 students nominated for the award from Cypress Bay. If a teacher feels that a specific student deserves the award, then he or she will be nominated.
“Teachers nominate students in different categories,” Ms. Mayol said. “Not everyone has an obligation to nominate a student. Teachers only nominate someone if they see a person displaying a characteristic.”
Teachers have to go out of their way to nominate students, PTSA board member Natasha Samagond said.
“A teacher has to request a form so he [or she] can nominate someone for the award. So the person really has to impress a teacher,” Ms. Samagond said.
“The award was started to promote moral development,” Ms. Mayol said. “It’s important to show students care about others. Even though they are kids, they can make a difference in someone’s life.”
Ms. Mayol said that not everyone is a stereotypical teenager.
“When a student does something good in society, we need to recognize that,” Ms. Mayol said. “It promotes confidence to keep going and do better things. We always hear about teenagers doing bad things in the news, but it’s not always true.”