During the week of March 28, 2016, the Liberty School District Foundation hosted its 20th Annual H.O.P.E. Awards – an event that recognizes students from every campus in the Liberty Public School District for exceptional positive behaviors and character traits.
These special recognition awards were first presented in 1996 by the Foundation as a way to celebrate and honor Liberty students who exemplify special attributes above and beyond the normal efforts of the daily school routine. Each school in the District is given the opportunity to nominate students that epitomize the following categories: Personal Initiative, Meeting the Challenge, Humanitarian, Walk the Talk and Community Service. Awards are accompanied by stories of achievement told by each student’s teacher, counselor or principal and this year a student’s bus driver! In addition to the elusive H.O.P.E. Award being presented to each student, local Missouri Representatives Nick King and Noel Shull sponsored a Missouri House of Representatives Resolution to honor each H.O.P.E. Award recipient. Representative King’s wife, Norma King, made a special appearance to present elementary students with his or her Resolution; Representative Shull and Representative King made a special appearance to present secondary students with his or her Resolution.
Honoring over 60 students, the H.O.P.E. Awards are an endeavor to say to a student that we appreciate their time, effort, and progressive achievement they make in becoming the best they can be. Additionally, the Foundation would like to send a big thank you to the staff at Heritage Middle School for hosting the ceremonies in their auditorium and for being so accommodating.
The Liberty School District Foundation is a 501©(3) nonprofit and was founded in 1995 by a group of Liberty citizens that were interested in expanding educational opportunities for students attending Liberty Public Schools as well as providing additional support and resources to Liberty educators. From grants to teachers and schools, to scholarships to graduating seniors, to recognizing outstanding students at all levels - LSDF works to elevate educational excellence across the entire District.
To learn more about the Foundation, please click here.
To view all of this year's HOPE Award presentations, visit our LPS YouTube page by clicking here.