Soda Creek Elementary School third-grader Kaetlyn Freideman accepted the inaugural BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Award on Thursday.
Steamboat Springs Kaetlyn Freideman proved to her 105 classmates on Thursday at Soda Creek Elementary School that hard work really does pay off.
Just after 2:30 p.m., Kaetlyn, a third-grader, said she was surprised to hear members of the Steamboat Springs Optimist Club announce that she was the Steamboat Springs School District’s inaugural recipient of a BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Award, which recognizes students who have made significant progress with their reading proficiency and grades.
“I was surprised,” Kaetlyn said after she was handed a $25 gift certificate to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, a T-shirt and a certificate of achievement.
Soda Creek Principal Michele Miller said Kaetlyn was selected by a group of five teachers and described the student as hardworking and kind.
“She has a determination that is quiet, but she is always going to get it done,” Miller said.
Optimist Club members who were present during the inaugural award ceremony said they plan to present a BUG Award to other Soda Creek students in February and March before they start to award them to Strawberry Park Elementary School students in the spring.
“We think this is a good way to recognize the importance of reading and how it enhances a child’s lifelong learning,” Optimist Club member Dianne Stoyko said.