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The purpose of the Commission on the Status of Children and Youth is to promote connections in our community which empower, enhance and nurture children and youth. One of the Commission’s goals is to celebrate successes of children and youth. The S.W.A.G.G.E.R. (Students Who Act Generously, Grow and Earn Respect) award criteria acknowledges children and youth who have shown commitment to a cause or taken action(s) that has improved their lives and/or the lives of others around them. Nominations may be made for children and youth in the following four (4) age categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12. All nominees are notified and those selected to receive the award will be invited to be recognized at an evening event on Friday, November 9th. Families of the award recipients are also invited to attend. Additionally, award winners may receive tickets or gift certificates generously donated by local businesses.

Award submissions might include students who have volunteered at their church, school or in the community, assisted a friend or neighbor in need, working and attending school, mentoring a younger sibling/student, exemplifying a positive attitude among peers, showing respect for others and/or improving academically.

This award is for students who live or attend school within the geographical boundaries of the Monroe County Community School Corporation. 

A Note to the Nominator: "The S.W.A.G.G.E.R. recognize Students Who Act Generously, Grow and Earn Respect. Generosity, personal growth, and the development of respect are abstract characteristics all youth have the opportunity to learn, yet rarely receive recognition for expressing. As a nominator, this award is intended to celebrate those hard working youth that may not otherwise have a chance to be recognized. We ask that you consider that student who represents SWAGGER yet does not have the opportunity to be awarded for such hard work. While we celebrate the achievements of all students, we want to offer an additional arena for students who may not have had an opportunity to be recognized. Please be concise in your nomination to ensure the judging committee may appropriately distribute awards."

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2017 S.W.A.G.G.E.R. Award Recipients

Meet the recipients of this year's S.W.A.G.G.E.R. awards:

2017 SWAGGER Recipients

Front Row: Kara Turner, Samson Jones, and Toby Thomassen. Back Row: Mayor John Hamilton and Jack Murer.

K-3 grade Category

Kara - Every year for Kara's birthday, instead of birthday presents, she raises money for different organizations. Last year she had the whole school help raise money for the March of Dimes! Kara is a thoughtful girl and is always willing to go the extra mile for people who are in need.

4-6 grade Category

Samson -  Samson's confidence earns immediate respect from all that know him. His teachers can share testimonials of his graciousness, generosity, and respect. For everything that Fairview Elementary and the Bloomington community has presented to Samson, he has given back tenfold. In the case of violins, he has learned from his years of lessons, worked toward scholarships, performed for his school community and the community at-large, inspired Fairview youth to learn violin, and helped others to learn. 

7-8 grade Category

Toby - Monroe County CASA was approached by Toby earlier this year regarding a project that he wanted to do for Monroe County Children. Toby presented to CASA the idea of refurbishing laptops and donating them to CASA, so they could give them to pre-teens and teens that are in foster care. These children are often placed in foster care, with few or no items of their own, and may only dream of ever having their own laptop. To date, Toby has refurbished 16 laptops that he has donated to CASA for distribution. CASA has distributed these to children in foster care, as well as two teens who are working on completing their GED's.

9-12 grade Category

Jack - Jack spent six weeks in Spain over the summer of 2017, and felt a real calling to the study of language, linguistics, and how language can impact those around him. He has already begun finding ways use Spanish in various volunteers opportunities, including directly at BHSN and for Volunteers in Medicine. Jack also began working with the Monroe County Voter Registration Board and has organized a voter registration drive at BHSN. Jack's teachers, the high school administration and the Voter Registration Board have been very impressed by this new charge, the first BHSN voter registration drive in recent memory. 

The Commission on the Status of Children and Youth congratulates the recipients and all of this year's nominees.

Thanks to the 2017 award sponsors: Ivy Tech Lifelong Learning Center, WonderLab, Mother Bears Pizza, Urban Air, LaserLite, Downtown Bloomington, Inc, and Cardinal Stage Company

2016 S.W.A.G.G.E.R. Award Recipients!

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Children and Youth awarded the commission's second annual S.W.A.G.G.E.R. Award on November 15, 2016 to four area youth. The S.W.A.G.G.E.R. Award recognizes Students Who Act Generously, Grow and Earn Respect. Award submissions included students who have volunteered with their faith communities, schools or area non-profits, assisted a friend or neighbor in need, mentored a younger students, exemplified a positive attitude among peers, showed respect for others or improved academically.

The 2016 S.W.A.G.G.E.R. recipients include: Grade 9-12 Category: Becca Smith, Bloomington High School South; Grade 4-6 Category: Mariah Busch, Summit Elementary School; Grade 7-8 Category: Ava Santner; and Grade 9-12 Category: Kira Axsiom, Bloomington High School South.