District Honors Take Stock in Children Scholars

More than 160 parents, mentors and scholarship program contributors joined Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson and Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation President Bernard Johnson in honoring the Take Stock in Children Scholars on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.  The recognition ceremony, held at the Niceville Community Center, celebrated both the accomplishments of the 30 Okaloosa County Take Stock graduates and the potential of 16 new Take Stock Scholars.

Foundation President Bernard Johnson, District  Marketing Supervisor  for Gulf Power, recognized the scholarship donors and program sponsors that support Take Stock through the Foundation.  He spoke of his own experiences as a Take Stock Mentor and that both he and his protégé have benefited from their weekly meetings at school.

Prior to recognizing each student, Superintendent Jackson spoke about the commitment of the students’ families and of the time and support represented by the Take Stock Mentors.  She then reminded the Take Stock Scholars that the community has made an investment in them and their future.  Speaking to the class of 2013, she prompted them to remember that “…As you graduate from high school and begin your college careers, you have an opportunity to prove that our investment has been a wise one.  You can now go on to pursue a career that will make our community a better place.”  Mrs. Jackson assured the incoming Scholars that they should hold fast to their dream of going to college and “…never give up.  You have a family of counselors and principals and teachers who will join your family and mentor in providing you with the support you need to reach your goals.”

The ceremony and reception were sponsored by the City of Niceville Community Center and Publix Supermarkets, Inc.

Pictured above: The 2013 Take Stock graduates. Pictured below: In-coming class of Take Stock Scholars.

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