JEFFERSON LEADERS — Jefferson School Principal Michael Harrison, back row, left, and assistant Principal Haley Dunn, back row, right, stand with Carter Everitt, Sophie Ballew, Albany Sorah, Dawson McFadden and Zander Foreman, who were chosen as the September Jefferson Leaders at a Friday morning assembly. Carin Barwick | Courtesy Photo
JEFFERSON LEADERS — Jefferson School Principal Michael Harrison, back row, left, and assistant Principal Haley Dunn, back row, right, stand with Carter Everitt, Sophie Ballew, Albany Sorah, Dawson McFadden and Zander Foreman, who were chosen as the September Jefferson Leaders at a Friday morning assembly. Carin Barwick | Courtesy Photo

Several students, staff members and teachers were honored Friday morning at Jefferson School during the award assembly. Principal Michael Harrison welcomed the audience filled with proud parents and family members of the award winners. 

The assembly helps the school recognize achievements of students and staff members and offers an insight to upcoming school activities. Students receiving Jefferson Student of the Month awards Friday morning were Carter Everitt, Sophie Ballew, Albany Sorah, Dawson McFadden and Zander Foreman. Students are chosen based on their attitude, diligence in the classroom and respect for others. Staff Member of the Month went to Pearl Gilbert, Title I Reading Paraeducator, and Teacher of the Month was awarded to Glenda Winkleman. Winkleman and Gilbert each received a plant, certificate and candy. 

Following the delivery of the awards, Harrison explained the annual Jefferson PTO Fall Fundraiser. The Independence peeler cards are sold each year by students of Jefferson as a way to raise funds for classroom supplies, field trips and many other activities which may not be available for students to enjoy otherwise.

The peeler cards offer more than $250 in savings to those who purchase the card for $10. Discounts are available at many of the Independence businesses for peeler card holders to take advantage of once again. Students receive prizes for their efforts — the class in each grade who sells two cards will receive pizza and ice cream, those selling one card will receive ice cream; the top boy and top girl money maker in each grade will receive $20 in cash; and the prizes go on from there to include a McDonald’s Big Kids Meal, lunch with their favorite teacher, Bullpup Bucks and a Neewollah wrist band for the carnival. The peeler cards are $10 and all Jefferson students are participating.

The next Jefferson Leaders Award Assembly will be Sept. 28 at 7:50 a.m. in the school gymnasium. To view more photographs, visit the IDR website, indydailyreporter.com