Harvey Awards presented on June 14, 2016
On Tuesday, June 14, 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. Builders Club members Jael Mercado and Chloe Klein were awarded the Builders Club Volunteer Award by faculty advisor Mark Strauss.
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, 10 outstanding and 20 excellent Harvey Award plaques and 73 framed 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. This labor intensive project has become a point of pride in Kiwanis workmanship. Since 1967, many of our club members have volunteered countless hours working on this project. This year, Tony and Mary Haas, George Butterstein and John Chandler 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.