Award Info & Nomination Link
The JCPS Difference Maker Award is presented to district staff members and community partners who've gone above and beyond to serve our students, staff members and schools. Difference Makers are individuals, teams or groups who have made (or are making) a difference in our district. Nominate a Difference Maker here!
JCPS will thank all Difference Makers nominated, and some, like those pictured below, will be recognized monthly at the JCPS Board of Education meeting. We love to spotlight Difference Makers that are tied to each of our three organizational pillars: Learning, Partnerships and Stewardship.
JUNE 2018 DIFFERENCE MAKERS
Kelsey Chrisman, Healthy Schools Coordinator
Last month, Callaway Hills Elementary School was recognized as being among America's healthiest schools, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Additional highlights this first year include the Callaway Hills Cooking Club, Garden and Fitness Club - all of which are garnering calls from other school districts who want to bring these “above and beyond programs” into their schools. This past school year, Callaway Hills, East, Thorpe Gordon and South all participated in the healthy snack of the month, the receipt return program, MU Extension nutrition classes, March Madness staff challenge and a themed fitness week. To also mention - as we can’t forget - the Walking School Bus at Thorpe Gordon. We can’t wait to see the 2018-19 action plan roll out this fall! Building Champions, working very closely with Kelsey on the Healthy Schools Program are:
Justin Reynolds - Callaway Hills
Sarah Thompson - South Elementary
Sarah Wilkinson - Thorpe Gordon
Rob Clark - East Elementary
Steve Brennaman, Jefferson City West Rotary Club
The mission of the Jefferson City West Rotary Club is to give back to the community in which members live. President, Steve Brennaman, is here tonight and is excited to share the experiences he and his fellow members have had at Southwest Early Childhood Center through volunteering to read to the students. They are difference makers for our school and our district for their efforts in promoting literacy to our students - especially to our youngest little scholars. Rotary members are helping us set our youngest readers on the path to being at - or above - grade reading level. Kindergartners need exposure to 1,000 books before they learn to read. Partnerships like this help our preschoolers hit that milestone.
To view Difference Makers from the previous month, click here. Or, you can find an archive of all past honorees on the left side bar/menu of this page.