Every year for the past five years, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Education School and Community Relations Division has held a celebration for all Community students who kept their GPA at 3.3 or higher for the entire school year, and for those students who had perfect attendance.
This year nearly 50 students in grades K-12, attending 18 different schools, were recognized for their accomplishments at the Honors Program Awards Ceremony, Thursday, June 20th at the Round House Café. The students and their families enjoyed dinner, refreshments and a dessert. The program ended with a closing prayer given by Tino Gonzales.
“Since I have been here, in 2008, we have seen the list grow, and it’s exciting and a good thing,” said Roxy Andrews, program manager. She explains that working collaboratively with Mesa Public Schools and Theresa Price, director of Native American Education Program, has helped more Salt River students to do better academically, and miss fewer days of school.
Kathy Toney, school attendance officer, believes that the growth also stems from the parents being more involved. “I see the other side of things. As the attendance officer, I am out searching as to why students aren’t showing up to their classes. The parents make a big impact on their child’s life when they are involved in their [child’s] schooling and attendance. I think that’s why we see more and more students being recognized,” Toney said.
Every quarter the program acknowledges students for attendance, and every semester students are acknowledged for academic excellence. The Honors Program event held at the Round House Café was the celebration for the entire year. For students to be recognized, they must be an enrolled Community member, maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher, and have two or fewer absences or tardies during the school year.
Students get the chance to shop at a “store” where they can choose from a variety of prizes, ranging from toys for the younger students to movie passes and iTunes cards for the older students.
The Honors Program will recognize any enrolled Community-member student for academic and attendance excellence. If you or your child attends a public or private school that is not part of the Community or Mesa Public Schools and you would like be recognized, please call (480) 362-2534 for more information.