By ABBY SLANKER
Hilltop Elementary School had its annual Awards Assembly for first-, second- and third-grade students on June 5.
Joe Maroni, Hilltop Elementary principal welcomed the students to the assembly and Tom Scurich, Hilltop music teacher, led the students in singing the school song.
First to present awards was Linda Magyar, physical education teacher, for the Jump Rope for Heart program.
“Our school raised more than $9,000 this year for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart. You should all be very proud of yourselves,” Magyar said.
Magyar awarded the top seven fundraisers with medals. The first-place fundraiser brought in more than $500.
The next award was for perfect attendance.
“Perfect attendance is a very difficult thing to accomplish. We want to thank all the perfect attendance students and show our appreciation for accomplishing this goal,” Maroni said.
He then turned the floor over to the first-, second- and third-grade teachers who announced each student in their class with perfect attendance and awarded him or her a certificate.
The reading award was next, with students from all three grades being recognized for their reading skills with a certificate.
The handwriting awards were announced next.
“Handwriting is a lost art. Now we type everything, but handwriting is still very, very important,” Maroni said.
The teachers then presented two to three students from their classes with the handwriting award.
Students making the third-grade honor roll and high honor roll were then recognized by their teachers and presented certificates.
New this year for third-grade was the Spirit Award.
“The Spirit Award is meant for the student who is excited to be at school every day and is ready to learn and make a difference,” Maroni said.
Each of the four third-grade teachers awarded a boy and a girl from her class who she thought embodied the attributes required for Spirit Award
Also new this year for grades one through three was the Citizenship Award.
“The Citizenship Award is awarded to the student who tried to be a good citizen and was good to other students, teachers and staff,” Maroni said.
Each of the first-, second- and third-grade teachers announced the recipients of the Citizenship Award from their class and presented him and her with a certificate.