June 12, 2014
Two sisters have found a way to honor a young friend that died from complications from the flu.
Albemarle High School students Summer and Savannah Maxwell created a citizenship award for elementary school students to honor Carson Raymond, an Albemarle County student who died at nine years old. They chose eight students, four girls and four boys, to receive this year's award.
The Albemarle County School Board recognized the sisters' work Thursday evening at their meeting, listening to Summer Maxwell speak about the awards.
The girls worked with schools to find young students that display positive, friendly attitudes. In addition the award, winners received a $25 scholarship.
"We want more elementary schools to start doing the award, too, because there's a lot of students that don't get awarded because they don't have the best grades, or they're not the most athletic, but, with the Carson Raymond Citizenship Award, you just have to be yourself. And that's what we like the best about it," said Summer Maxwell.
The girls hope this will encourage the elementary school students to be a kind to their fellow students and have a positive outlook.