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 is a different type of recognition program.

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 is a different type of recognition program.

Organized in partnership with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the Community Champion Awards recognize 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 or visit the district's website 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. 28 deadline.

The nominees will be honored during the 9th annual Community Champion Awards ceremony April 26 at Dublin Jerome High School.

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

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 the Dublin Chamber that they have been selected for the awards program. Honorees are chosen by the Chamber's Community Champion Awards committee.

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 on what type of nominations the committee is seeking:

* Fifth-grader, Riverside Elementary School -- This student seeks out other students who may have a hard time relating to classmates.

She takes them under her wing and helps them in the classroom, lunchroom and on the playground. Specifically, she loves helping students with disabilities.

She wants to become a special education teacher when she grows up, and invited neighborhood kids to her house to teach them how to read.

In addition, she was involved with the Dublin Scioto Junior drama program and the Riverside Elementary RESPECT Team.

* Eighth-grader, Karrer Middle School -- This student is an extremely caring individual who is generous with both her time and talents in serving others.

For the past three years, she has spent part of her spring, summer and winter breaks volunteering at the Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program food pantry in the Short North.

She has also participated in trips to Cleveland to help fix houses for low-income families.

* Eleventh-grader, Dublin Jerome High School -- This student is an extraordinary student in many ways. He volunteers in the community at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, with the Student Conservation Association, and with high school service club, Interact.

He is always watching out for his peers and their well-being, while not hesitating to help if needed. This also makes him a natural leader, and his friends look up to him as a role model.

He has volunteered consistently for the past few years in the Salvation Army's Mobile Canteen, preparing food for the needy, and assisted at a run to benefit the homeless.

He devotes himself to helping the community and setting a good example

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 district 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.

Jill Abraham, Dublin City School District director of elementary education, submitted the School Notes column.