Kindel Berlingeri of Alton Middle School and Samuel Biggs of Early Childhood were named as Students of the Month for May by the Alton Area Optimist Club.
The Alton Area Optimist Club gives a $25 gift card to the student as well as a $25 donation to a nonprofit organization of the student’s choice.
Kindel Berlingeri, son of Julie Berlingeri of Godfrey, chose Walmart for his gift card and American Cancer Association for his donation. Kindel is in sixth grade at Alton Middle School (AMS). Kindel is the Illinois House music tech and disc jockey, spinning tunes to greet the students each morning. He is also in the computer club, student council and participates in the math competition. Kindel is a peer tutor, computer mentor, volunteer baby sitter and volunteers for church events. Kindel also is the recipient of a citizenship award because of his volunteering and his generous contribution to charitable organizations.
Samuel Biggs, son of Brian and LeeAnn Biggs of Godfrey, attends the Early Childhood Center. He chose Target for his gift card and Friends of Kids with Cancer – St. Louis Children’s Hospital for his donation. Sam is a leader and role model to his peers. He has a positive attitude and shows compassion and concerns for others instead of himself. Sam also started playing T-ball this year.
The Alton Area Optimist Club is a youth-oriented community service organization that has been in existence for more than 60 years in the River Bend. The Alton Area Optimist club sponsors various youth sports teams, supports Boys and Girls Scouts, participates in the Rock Springs Celebration of Lights, Memorial Day Parade and supports school activities such as poster contests and the Elementary and Middle School Students of the Month. The club is also a yearly sponsor of the First Responder Recognition Dinner. Its biggest activity is the bestowing of college and trade school scholarships to high school students each year.