Fifth grader named Mayor's Super Citizen

By ELANE JONES, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/18/17

PARRISH — Fifth grader Abbi Ross received the first Mayor’s Super Citizen of the Year award during a ceremony held Tuesday at Parrish Elementary.

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall presented Abbi with the Key to the Town of Parrish for her …

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Fifth grader named Mayor's Super Citizen

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PARRISH — Fifth grader Abbi Ross received the first Mayor’s Super Citizen of the Year award during a ceremony held Tuesday at Parrish Elementary.

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall presented Abbi with the Key to the Town of Parrish for her outstanding participation in the Super Citizen Award program, which Hall implemented shortly after she took office.

“I’ve learned that being a super citizen means helping others when they need help and doing things that you know are right,” Abbi said shortly after receiving the award. “I try my best to do that, so I know I’m a Super Citizen.”

The Mayor’s Super Citizen Award program is the first of its kind in Walker County.

“I learned that the second and fifth grade students at Parrish Elementary were participating in the Liberty’s Legacy Super Citizen Program,” Hall said. “So I thought it would be wonderful if we could expand on that program with the Fifth Graders and make it applicable to Parrish by having the students use what they learn in class in their community.”

Hall said after talking with the teachers at Parrish Elementary, she came up with some guidelines the students would have to follow in order to earn points toward becoming the 2017 Mayor’s Super Citizen.

“The students had to write an essay about what being a Super Citizen meant to them,” Hall said. “They also had to attend at least one town council meeting and do several hours of community service.”

 Hall also chose two essays that were written two fifth grade students, Maddie Kennedy and Bella Kyzer, as the winning essays from this year’s program.

Jessica Quillen, a representative from Liberty’s Legacy, attend Tuesday’s award ceremony and said she was excited when she learned Hall had implemented the Mayor’s Super Citizen Award program.

“Our classroom program offers the second and fifth grade students a unique learning experience, while teaching them how to become responsible, outstanding citizens,” Quillen said. “The students not only learn about history, civics, financial literacy, character education and career readiness, they also have to look around in the community and identify grownups whom they believe are Super Citizens and honor them.”

The second grade students named Parrish resident Bob Jones and Parrish Elementary P.E. teacher Kevin Atkins as their Super Citizens. The fifth grade students also named Principal Walton as a Super Citizen, along with Parrish fifth grade teacher Amanda Kennedy, local resident Vicki Smitherman, Hall and U.S. Sen. Robert Aderholt.

Quillen said the main objective of the Liberty’s Legacy program is getting the students involved in their community.

“We are really impressed with the Parrish community, because this is the first time, as far as I know, that we’ve had a mayor expand upon our program in this way,” Quillen said. “The students not only got to choose and learn about the adult Super Citizens in their community, they were also given the opportunity to become Super Citizens themselves. And that’s a learning experience they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”