Toronto Lions Club presents G.O.O.D. Awards May 2

TORONTO The city Lions Club’s Going On Or Defeated awards were presented May 2 at Karaffa Elementary School.

The G.O.O.D. award was created by Ron Derry, who developed the award with the belief that more emphasis should be placed on pupil behaviors in school. Derry created a list of 10 behaviors that he thought would enable students to become G.O.O.D. citizens.

Teachers at Karaffa Elementary School were asked to select one pupil in their class who best exemplified these behaviors, and pupils who previously won weren’t eligible to receive it again.

The criteria include attending school regularly; completing homework assignments on time; displaying neatness and accuracy with all written work; showing preparation for all announced tests; showing interest in learning through means of appropriate questions; a good listener in class; constantly showing respect for administrators, teachers and school personnel; doing his/her part to see the classroom is conducive to a good learning environment; displaying acts of good citizenship on a daily basis; and showing an act of caring toward another person in a difficult situation.

The 2014 G.O.O.D. award recipients were third-grader Jacob Cattrell, son of Todd and Christy Cattrell; third-grader Michael Mikula, son of Bryan and Kelli Mikula; third-grader Elijah Middleton, son of Tami and Jayson Middleton; fourth-grader Jordan Howder, son of Tiffany Swartz; fourth- grader Noah Burson, son of Chris and Jessica Burson; fifth-grader Katie Gulczynski, daughter of Tracy and Peter Gulczynski; and fifth-grader Liza Smith, daughter of Amy and Steve Smith.

Toronto Lions Club members Fred Burns, Jim Coffey, Ellsworth Graham, Dick Carter and Bill Rebres participated in the awards ceremony. Derry was the keynote speaker.

Scott Bowling, KES principal, opened the assembly and recognized guests. Graham introduced Lions members, after which Burns introduced past president of the International Lions Club, James Coffey of Toronto.

Derry said he was a teacher for 18 years. Originally from Zanesville, he became blind suddenly, and 13 surgeries could not restore his sight. He said rather than have uncertainty or fear rule his life and the lives of others, he decided to challenge pupils to overcome diversity. Derry told pupils they needed perseverance and the right attitude to overcome adversity.

Derry also said he’s visited more than 6,000 classrooms in Ohio with the same message – young people must learn early to turn bad experiences into good opportunities.

“The tough choose to go on,” said Derry. “We control our own happiness.”

The pupils received T-shirts and certificates.

Bowling congratulated each pupil and their parents.

“Being chosen for this award is truly a wonderful display of good character that is recognized by those around you,” he said, adding his thanks to the Lions Club for sponsoring the G.O.O.D. Program.