ALTON — Diaaron Kyles of Alton Middle School and Tianna Grant of Eunice Smith Elementary were named as Students of the Month for January 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.
Diaaron Kyles is the son of Keisha Hendrix of Alton. He chose Walmart for his gift card and the Food Pantry for his donation. Diaaron is a sixth-grader at Alton Middle School in the Illinois House. He is the first to help others when the opportunity presents itself. He is an exceptional young man who is always smiling and happy to be at school. Diaaron has a positive outlook on life. He is empathetic and concerned with the welfare of others. He works diligently and conscientiously. Diaaron takes pride in his school work and completes all assignments given to him. His very presence automatically brightens the day.
Tianna Grant, the daughter of Quadasia West-Lee of Alton, is a fifth-grader at Eunice Smith Elementary School. She chose Target for her gift card and St. Jude’s Hospital for her donation. Tianna has shown optimism since she first arrived at Eunice Smith. She moved here from New York and immediately demonstrated characteristics that exemplify an excellent student, academically and behaviorally. Tianna volunteers to assist her peers and has even taught a lesson to the entire class while maintaining full attention and cooperation from her peers who respect her. She consistently strives to do her best and always sets goals for herself. She maintains a positive attitude in everything she encounters while always being the first to volunteer. She comes from a positive place and shares it with all. Tianna makes the world a more positive place to be.
The Alton Area Optimist Club is a youth-oriented community service organization that has been in existence for more than 60 years in the Riverbend area. The Alton Area Optimist club sponsors youth sports teams, supports Boy and Girl 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 Alton Area Optimist Club is also a yearly sponsor of the First Responder Recognition Dinner. The club’s biggest activity is the bestowing of college or trade school scholarships to area high school students each year.
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