Auburn Students Receive Character in Action Awards

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Pictured L-R: Andrew Lee, Caleb Farris, Judge Fellows (back) Mason Spratlin, Joy Ahn.

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AUBURN CITY SCHOOLS

Lee County Family Court Judge Mike Fellows honored four Auburn City Schools students earlier this month.

The first was Mason Spratlin, a seventh-grader at East Samford School ESS. He was honored for keeping up with all his schoolwork while at home for an extended absence. According to one of his teachers, Pam Gaylor, Mason took the initiative to locate, learn and complete his assignments. Still, upon returning to the classroom, he noticed another student struggling with math and offered to help tutor this student with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. “His character shines brightly in the classroom,” Gaylor said.

Next up was Joy Ahn, also a seventh-grader at ESS, for never hesitating to help someone in need. One day recently, Joy bought an ice cream sandwich at school and gave it to East Samford’s School Resource Officer, Officer Fanning, on her way out of the cafeteria.

“She didn’t have to do that, but she did,” said Kathy Placek, a science teacher at ESS. “She is so kind and generous.”

Another ESS seventh-grader, Andrew Lee, was recognized for stepping up to help a particular student that does not speak English as a first language. According to one of his teachers, Kelbi Pozun, Andrew has become like a second teacher in the classroom for this student.

“Andrew walks this student to different locations on campus, translates assignments,” Pozun said. “Not only has he helped his classmate, but he is also an exemplary student.”

Last but not least, Caleb Farris, a kindergartener at Cary Woods Elementary School, was recognized for going above and beyond each and every day. At the beginning of kindergarten, a lot of time is spent on building a classroom community while learning expectations and procedures.

“From the very first day, Caleb blew me away with his kindness and loving heart for others,” said Meaghan Kimbrell, kindergarten teacher at CWES. “When a friend spilled their milk, Caleb was the first one there to help clean it up, and when another friend dropped their school supplies, he was the first to help pick them up.”

Lee County Family Court Judge Mike Fellows honored four Auburn City Schools students earlier this month.

The first was Mason Spratlin, a seventh-grader at East Samford School ESS. He was honored for keeping up with all his schoolwork while at home for an extended absence. According to one of his teachers, Pam Gaylor, Mason took the initiative to locate, learn and complete his assignments. Still, upon returning to the classroom, he noticed another student struggling with math and offered to help tutor this student with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. “His character shines brightly in the classroom,” Gaylor said.

Next up was Joy Ahn, also a seventh-grader at ESS, for never hesitating to help someone in need. One day recently, Joy bought an ice cream sandwich at school and gave it to East Samford’s School Resource Officer, Officer Fanning, on her way out of the cafeteria.

“She didn’t have to do that, but she did,” said Kathy Placek, a science teacher at ESS. “She is so kind and generous.”

Another ESS seventh-grader, Andrew Lee, was recognized for stepping up to help a particular student that does not speak English as a first language. According to one of his teachers, Kelbi Pozun, Andrew has become like a second teacher in the classroom for this student.

“Andrew walks this student to different locations on campus, translates assignments,” Pozun said. “Not only has he helped his classmate, but he is also an exemplary student.”

Last but not least, Caleb Farris, a kindergartener at Cary Woods Elementary School, was recognized for going above and beyond each and every day. At the beginning of kindergarten, a lot of time is spent on building a classroom community while learning expectations and procedures.

“From the very first day, Caleb blew me away with his kindness and loving heart for others,” said Meaghan Kimbrell, kindergarten teacher at CWES. “When a friend spilled their milk, Caleb was the first one there to help clean it up, and when another friend dropped their school supplies, he was the first to help pick them up.”

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