The Dublin City School District has many programs in place to recognize our students who achieve academically and in extracurricular activities.

The Dublin City School District has many programs in place to recognize our students who achieve academically and in extracurricular activities.

The Community Champion Awards are a different type of recognition program.

Organized in partnership with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the Community Champion Awards recognizes students and staff members who exhibit caring, kindness and a sense of community spirit.

Exactly who earns this recognition is dependent upon the participation of our community.

The Chamber is now accepting nominations of deserving candidates at You can also visit the school district's web site for the link.

Do you know a student who goes the extra mile to make our community a better place? Do you know a student who volunteers his or her time on weekends or in the evenings? Do you know a staff member who goes above and beyond for students?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I encourage you to submit a nomination before the Feb. 23 deadline.

The nominees will be honored during the 8th annual Community Champion Awards ceremony April 20 at Dublin Jerome High School.

The program is open to Dublin City Schools students in grades 4-12, and all staff.

More than 200 students and staff members were nominated for last year's event.

Those who are nominated will not know they are nominated unless notified by Dublin Chamber they have been selected for the awards program.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the Community Champion Awards is the sense of pride students and their parents feel when receiving this recognition. They are deservedly proud of being recognized for their kindness and for helping others.

Here are a few snippets from past nominations to provide you with some examples about what type of nominations the committee is seeking.

* Sophomore, Coffman High School -- This student spent spring break building homes for the less fortunate in Tecate, Mexico.

In addition, she worked feeding the homeless and interacting with their children. She volunteered at various food pantries and at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

She is involved with the Adopt-a-Family program, where she raises money, shops, wraps, and delivers gifts to those in need.

The student is a member of Teen Roadeo, Love for Babies Tennis Tournament, and Nationwide Children's Hospital NICU tour. She also collected supplies for the Ronald McDonald House.

* Seventh-Grader, Grizzell Middle School -- This student volunteered countless hours helping the Miracle League of Central Ohio, a baseball league designed to allow children with disabilities to play baseball.

For the past three years, she was partnered with the same special player.

They formed a relationship that goes far beyond the League and they bring each other gifts and check with each other during the off-season.

She rarely misses a game, knowing that her player loves her, and she truly brings a joy to the League.

* Fifth-Grader, Chapman Elementary School -- This student is a hard-working young man with a big heart.

Every year since kindergarten, he has collected and delivered pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. With his help, the program has collected 1,200 pounds of pop tabs during the past six years.

In addition, he is in his second year as a Chapman Chess Club student teacher. His shows leadership, character, and caring skills while tutoring other Chapman students in the Chess Club. He is a member of the safety patrol and is always on time and willing to help others.

The more detail put into a nomination, the better chance it has of being accepted, and your nominee invited to the ceremony. The above examples are from much longer nominations.

The chamber's board of directors and school district personnel review the nominations and select the winners. All nominations are carefully scrutinized and verified.

Each Community Champion Award-winner will receive a limited edition medal and a gift bag donated by area businesses.

In addition, one senior from each high school will receive a $500 cash scholarship, one student from each grade 4-11 will receive a $100 savings bond, and one Dublin City Schools staff member will have a $500 donation made in their name to the school project of their choice.

For more information about the Community Champion Awards or to make a nomination, please visit Questions? Call 614-889-2001.

One of the most special aspects about this program is that it truly involves our entire community. I would like to thank the many corporate sponsors for their generous contributions to the program.

Dublin Superintendent David Axner submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.