By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Lawndale fifth-grade teacher Gethia Burt wanted to find another way to honor the school’s best students.
Her research led her to start a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society at the third- to fifth-grade school.
That society inducted its first class Tuesday night, welcoming 64 fifth-grade students into the group. Burt hopes to expand membership to fourth-graders next year.
“I realized we had so many outstanding students, and I felt we needed something to involve them more than just through the classroom,” Burt said.
To be inducted, students needed a 90 percent cumulative average for the first and second quarters. They also needed the recommendation of their teachers and had to complete a form detailing their responsibilities and leadership in the community and at home.
National Elementary Honor Society was started in 2008, Burt said, and Lawndale is the first Tupelo school to induct a class.
The group will meet about four times throughout the year and will plan community service events, such as reading to students in younger grades.
Burt also would like to have a leadership dinner at which the students could meet with community leaders.
“It is pretty exciting being able to teach a younger age group and help people like that get to be in the Honor Society too,” said Tahj Harris, 11, one of the new inductees.
Fellow inductees Madison Burt, 11, and Anna McCoy, 10, said they were ready to be role models on campus.
“I think people look up to us,” Anna said, “and I hope they all have the chance to be in the National Honor Society when they are older.”
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