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Elementary Students Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Elementary Students Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Grace Erikson is one of this year's Kiwanis Outstanding Community Service Award recipients.

The month of May is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis, and this week the group presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to three students from Terrace Park Elementary and Mariemont Elementary.

This year, the Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to Logan Roetting at Terrace Park Elementary and Grace Erikson and Zoe Copetas at Mariemont Elementary.

Grace Erikson has logged over 100 hours of volunteering, with most of her time spent at Sweet Dream House Rescue, where she is often referred to as "the dog whisperer." She has also held a fundraiser in conjunction with PetSmart and plans to host another fundraiser in the near future, to help raise money for and awareness about animals in need of rescuing.

Zoe Copetas has also logged over 100 hours of volunteering, with many hours spent at her garden plot at the South 80, tending to produce that she donates to a local charity for families in need. She has also sold some of her produce to raise money to buy the plot for next year so she can continue her good work. Zoe also spends a lot of time at the Greenacres Equine Center, taking care of the horses and helping wherever she can.

Logan Roetting and his family founded the 8 Days of Greatness Foundation, with the goal of "paying it forward" with kind acts. Earlier this school year, the Terrace Park Elementary 6th grade Builders Club collected food for those in need in conjunction with the foundation as part of the national Great Kindness Challenge.

"I love to have the job and responsibility of working with the Builders Club because the kids really drive the direction of how they would like to give back to the community and to the world," said Ann Williams, elementary language arts teacher and Builders Club advisor.

On May 14, Logan and his family will participate in Go Cincinnati by volunteering at a carnival for families and children who typically might not have access to such an event. There will be free and fun events, activities and food.

"I really like to help others less fortunate," said Logan. "It feels good to help."

Congratulations to these three students, who are role models for us all!

We would like to extend our thanks to Don Guerney and Jack Smith, the Kiwanis members who help with the Builders Clubs in both of our elementary school buildings. Builders Club is dedicated to community service, and is where the students get the chance to participate in leadership opportunities. The Builders Club members in both elementary schools assist in various ways around the school building and the community. Click here for more information about our local Kiwanis chapter. "Your presence is felt, is known and is greatly appreciated. We're grateful for the impact you're having on our schools," said Ericka Simmons, principal of Mariemont Elementary, about Kiwanis.