Bradley Taul of Alton Middle School and Karisma Burnett of East Elementary were named as Students of the Month for February 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.
Bradley is the son of Todd and Donna Taul of Godfrey. He chose Target for his gift card and the 5A’s for his donation. Bradley is a sixth-grader at Alton Middle School in the Eagle’s Nest. He exhibits all of the characteristics of the Alton Optimist Club. He has a love for learning and a level of commitment necessary to succeed. Bradley is an enthusiastic student in the classroom and is always willing to cooperate with his peers. Not only does Brad come to class daily, ready to learn, once he completes an assignment, he always wants to know what the next task will be so he can get prepared. Bradley is involved in his academics as well as extracurricular activities at school and in the community. He plays in the middle school orchestra as well as soccer and baseball. Bradley has a love for animals and music.
Karisma Burnett, a fifth-grader at East Elementary School, is the daughter of Kenneth and Takeisha of Alton. She chose Walmart for her gift card and St. Jude’s for her donation. Karisma is a multi-talented young lady. While making the honor roll with straight A’s, she finds time to participate in band, chorus and orchestra. She is conscientious about her studies as well. During the school district’s first two “cold” days, she made a color-coded map of the world. Karisma is a good friend. She will set aside her own needs to make sure someone she cares for has what they need. A fifth-grade teacher was overheard saying they wished for a room full of Karismas.
The Alton Area Optimist Club is a youth-oriented community service organization in existence for more than 60 years in the Riverbend area. The club sponsors youth sports teams, supports Scouting, 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 or trade school scholarships to area high school students each year.