On Wednesday, October 31, four Southeast Polk students were recognized at the 2018 Optimist Youth Appreciation Luncheon. The Optimist Club honors local youth for their contributions to their school and community.
Addison Bruner, an 8th grader, has provided support for our counselors in helping our students in need. She gives her time in maintaining our storage closet that contains items that have been donated. Through Addi’s efforts, needed supplies are ready to be put in the hands of students who need them. Addi is a positive role model to other students at Southeast Polk Junior High.
Samuel Goode, an 8th grader, provides assistance to his peers when possible. An example of this is when we had a student returning to the Junior High from an extended absence due to injury. Sam took it upon himself to help the student physically move from class to class as well as provide emotional support for the student as he adjusted coming back to school. Sam is an all-around student of great character who is admired by his peers and adults at Southeast Polk Junior High.
Jaeden Sheller, a senior, is involved and has volunteered at the following organizations:Tools 4 Schools, Altoona Kids Cafe, Anawim Housing, Meals for the Heartland, Altoona Campus basketball coach, Swerve Outreach, SEP Band Festival, Clay PTA Father/Daughter Dance, SEP Education Foundation Black & Gold Gala, and works at the Altoona Public Library
Nick Cheung, a senior, volunteers his time working at the Animal Rescue League, American Heart Association (knitting hats for babies), Asian Festival, Meals for the Heartland, Copper Creek Triathlon, Metro Waste Race, SEP Jazz Festival, and the SEP Kids Cross Country Race.
These students are a great example of the character of our students here at Southeast Polk. Congratulations on this recognition!
This club has been actively working to make the Des Moines community a better place to live and has been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1934.
Their motto is “Friend of Youth” and their mission is to foster an optimistic way of life for the improvement of individuals and society, through a network of Optimists dedicated to service to its members, the youth, the community, and the world.
Their Mission Statement: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids!