Congratulations to Lewis and Clark Elementary fourth grader Camiley Murdoch and Highland High School Freshman Brinley Kissel! Camiley and Brinley were chosen as the Districts January CAKE recipients. CAKE stands for Character, Attitude, Kindness and Encouragement.

Brinley is in Ms. Reynolds English Language Arts class and she had this to say about him: “He is almost always the first on finished with his work and willingly does extra work when asked. He is extremely positive and shows concern for others. If someone doesn’t know something, he is eager to help them, and he is a natural leader when he is in a small group. Brinley’s positive attitude is infections and is a good influence to others around him.”

Camiley was nominated by her teacher Camille Zollinger who talked about Camiley’s overall character and attitude that shines daily. “She is an outstanding student. Meticulous and hardworking, she goes about each task, activity and assignment with determination. Camiley brightens our classroom each day with an excitement to learn. She cheers when her peers get a correct answer, makes any concept sound like the most exciting one yet, and rallies those around her to participate in class with the same vigor as herself. She has a profound sense of empathy, and the genuine kindness she demonstrates to all people is incredibly humbling to witness.”

Camiley and Brinley were acknowledged at the January School Board meeting, and volunteer Billie Johnson dressed as “the Cow Crusader for Kindness” to present cupcakes to their classes on behalf of the School District 25 Education Foundation. Each student and nominating teacher also received a McDonald’s gift card, and McDonald’s will donate $50 to each school’s media center to purchase books in the students’ names.

Nominations for the CAKE Award can be submitted by teachers or administrators who observe outstanding character, attitude, kindness and encouragement toward others. Submissions must be approved by the student’s principal, and can be turned in to the District’s Education Foundation in care of Shawna Sprague at the District 25 Education Center. Winners will be announced monthly. 

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