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Harvey Awards presented on June 7, 2017

On Tuesday, June 7, the Grantville Allied Gardens Kiwanis club participated in the Student Achievement Awards Program at Lewis Middle School. Recognition awards for many categories including Science, Engineering, Math, Music, and much more, were awarded to students by the school faculty at the ceremony. Outstanding Academic Achievement awards were presented to eighth grade students who have met the academic excellence and good citizenship requirements based on recommendations from the school’s department chairpersons. Three different sizes of awards were given, each size with very strict academic requirements. The award plaques are known as the “Harvey” awards, and were named after Harvey L. Lewis, longtime educator and school board member for whom the school is named. This year, three outstanding and 13 excellent Harvey Award plaques and numerous President's Award for Academic Excellence certificates were awarded to honored students. The students who received these awards worked very hard during their years at Lewis Middle School and should be very proud of what they accomplished.

Making the “Harvey Award” plaques is our Kiwanis club’s longest running community service project, which began in 1967. Our members crafted the Harvey Awards from raw wood to create beautifully finished trophies. The golden figures on the wooden plaques were cast from Plaster of Paris, painted, and assembled along with name plaques, on the beautiful wood bases.  Since 1967, many of our club members have volunteered countless hours working on this project. Tony Haas, Mary Haas and George Butterstein joined in the production process, coordinated cutting, sanding, casting, painting, and assembled the awards that will surely be cherished mementos for some deserving young people in our community.