Students and staff recognized at Red Bud Board of Education meeting

Recognitions and good news were the biggest part of the March 21 Red Bud Board of Education meeting.

From the elementary school, two students and one teacher were recognized.

Teacher Chris Gidley started off by recognizing fourth grader Joel Flores. “I’m very proud of him. He has really become a self-motivated learner,” she told the board. Gidley added that Flores doesn’t wait to be told what to do, but rather keeps himself engaged in his learning. In addition, he utilizes his love of technology, using it well to further his education.

She was also happy to note that Flores is the first of her students to ever read four of the books off of the Illinois Bluestem Award nominee book list. By doing so, he now is eligible to vote for which book he would like to win the award.

Gidley added that school librarian Pam Seals also added an incentive that for those that read 10 of the books on the Bluestem Award book list, they will get a Blizzard treat from Dairy Queen, so this is Flores’ goal for next year.

Another feat that Gidley was happy to report Flores has accomplished is that he has almost doubled his words read per minute from 60 to 110. “It’s tough and really, really hard to do. And this is the second year he’s doubled his words per minute score,” she excitedly stated.

For more from the Board of Education meeting, please see this week’s print edition.