Kiwanis Citizen of the Year award to be presented May 18, 2022

Press release from Kiwanis Club of Gainesville

On Wednesday, May 18, the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville will present Citizen of the Year awards to outstanding students from 24 elementary schools. The event will take place at the Alachua County Library in downtown Gainesville.

”The award culminates monthly Citizen of the Month programs at each elementary school,“ said Dr. Sheila Dickison, who chairs the program for the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, Fla. “The program recognizes students who are kind to other students, who display good citizenship habits, such as safety patrol, and who participate in school government.”   

Each school selects a Citizen of the Year, and these 24 students are feted in a ceremony at the Alachua County Public Library. Honored guests at the event include parents of the students and public officials, such as the head of the Chamber of Commerce, the police chief, fire chief, sheriff, school superintendent, city and county commissioners, and the district librarian. 

After receiving the awards, the students shake hands with all the dignitaries. “For some of these kids, this may be the only time in their life that they meet the people who run their city and county,” noted Dr. Dickison. “The kids really enjoy shaking hands with people they may have only heard about.”

Each student receives a $50 savings bond, a medallion from the School Board, and a gift certificate from Domino’s Pizza.  Sponsors of the 20-year program include the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, Fla., the School Board of Alachua County, the Gainesville Sun, and Dominos Pizza.

The program begins at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.