Michael Northfield presents the Rotary Service Above Self Award to Bella Love during an awards ceremony May 30 at Anna Maria Elementary School, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Karen Riley Love / RileyLovePhotography.com
Anna Maria Elementary fifth-graders pose for a photo at the BeacHhouse following a June 3 graduate luncheon. Islander Photo: Karen Riley Love / RileyLovePhotography.com
Heather Nyberg Class of 2014
Brianna “Lupe’” Morales-Lopes
Pidge Taylor Class of 2014
Mary Grace Cucci
This year I received the Rotary Service Before Self award and I am thankful to the teachers who helped me to become the person I am today.
Mrs. Taylor helped me in many ways. When I first came to her class in fourth-grade, I despised writing, but now, thanks to Mrs. Taylor, writing is one of my favorite subjects.
She let me write on topics that I was interested in. She also increased my people skills greatly. She had us work in groups and complete team challenges.
Another person I would like to thank is Mrs. McDonough, our school librarian. Most people underestimate the power of a book. A book can change your perspective or help you understand someone better.
I also would like to thank my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Granstad. Before I was in her class, I was extremely shy and didn’t talk much. She put us in groups and made us work together.
Lastly, I would like to thank my kindergarten and first-grade teacher, Ms. Goffred. When I came to her class, I did not talk. The people I was closest to usually only got a hello. Mrs. Goffred helped me find my voice.
Thank you all. — Bella Love
Editor’s note: The award is presented by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island upon recommendation of the faculty and staff of Anna Maria Elementary School. The award is given to a graduating fifth-grade student who exemplifies Rotary’s motto of placing others first.