A solid foundation can begin with a commitment to education.
Tarpon Springs-based nonprofit group Citizens Alliance for Progress promotes the scholastic advancement of local schoolchildren with programs and events throughout the year, and will recognize the special achievements of many of those youngsters Friday night.
“The real purpose of Awards Night is to highlight the students’ dedication to education and the educational process as well as their motivation to succeed and eventually graduate,” said the CAP program director, Carmen Wilson. “We have so many students that have demonstrated that they do have the motivation to acquire the knowledge to pass the various subject matters that they have to deal with every day.”
CAP’s 2013 Awards Night ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria of Tarpon Springs Elementary School to honor students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The yearly event brings together various community members to recognize student successes. Teachers, parents, family members and other community stakeholders attend each year. Friday’s honorary guest speaker will be Tarpon Springs Mayor David Archie.
Categories in which students will be recognized are: Academic Excellence, Academic Achievement, Student Improvement and Most Athletic.
CAP describes the Academic Excellence award as being given to students who stayed on the honor roll or dean’s list throughout the entire school year. Academic Achievement recognition is for students who performed at an above average level, and Student Improvement is awarded to children demonstrating significant increases in academic effort and performance.
James Dorsett II, a longtime community member, will present the athletic award this year.
In addition to the awards, community scholarships are provided to graduating seniors who displayed commitment to excellence, academic achievement and dedication to higher education.
Tarpon Springs Elementary School is at 555 E. Pine St. For more information on the awards ceremony, call Citizens Alliance for Progress at (727) 934-5881.