Character Ed Students of the Month

Character Ed Students Announced During Board Meeting
Posted on 11/05/2019
November students of the month

Marlboro County School District Character Education Students of the Month were announced last night at the November school board meeting.  Kirbyanna Purvis was chosen for grades K-6. Kirbyanna is a fourth-grade student at Bennettsville Intermediate school.  This is what her teacher wrote about her: Maya Angelou once said, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”  This quote resonates with my character student of the month, Kirbyanna Purvis, as she exemplifies the qualities of a person who is never afraid of what others think and speaks up for others. Kirbyanna is well mannered, cheerful, and is always willing to help her peers.   

Kirbyanna can do and say what is right despite the opposition of others. She is never afraid to face the risk of criticism from others to do what is right. One way she demonstrated such bravery was standing up for a student on the playground who was being teased by other students. She told the students that she was going to report the incident to a teacher, and she was called a tattle tell. She then replied by stating she did not care because it is wrong to hurt someone's feelings.

Kirbyanna’s courageous trait is reflected in her academic performance. She overcame an obstacle of presenting to an audience and gave a marvelous presentation in class. It was courageous of Kirbyanna to face one of her fears even when she was afraid of speaking in front of an audience. She is also never afraid of trying a new concept in class. Kirbyanna will not let her academic errors define her, and she will try again until she has accomplished the goal. This tenacity in the face of learning something new is inspiring to her classmates and me.

I am proud of Kirbyanna, as she has accomplished so much in the past few months. She is determined to go to college and receive a degree, which I know she will accomplish. The sky is the limit for Kirbyanna, and it is a joy to have her in my classroom.

Salim Yunusah was chosen for grades 7-12.  Salim is a 7th grader at Blenheim Middle School of Discovery. His teacher wrote the following about him:  Salim Yunusah has shown overall achievement.  He is on the “A/B” honor roll, and his SC READY and SCPASS scores were exemplary.  He is respectful at all times and considerate of others.  He is a strong leader that exhibits true good moral traits. 

Salim is willing to share ideas and opinions that go against the status quo (true leadership).  He is a friendly person who seems to get along great with others (cooperative), but still is unafraid to share ideas that he believes are right.  For example, if other students are joining together in talking about someone else, Salim is quick to say that they shouldn’t be doing that.  While others may not join in, Salim lets his voice be heard.  This is a tremendous amount of courage displayed in a time when most others would keep their head down. He has the courage to be himself and not join in with his peers.    

Congratulations to both students!

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