Education foundation seeks nominations

By NIKKI SMITH,

Petal School District is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Petal School District “Champion of the Year” Award.

The Petal Education Foundation will select a person, civic club or business for the award based on their contributions to the Petal School District.

The foundation has honored those who have significantly impacted the district with the “Champion of the Year” award for the past 14 years.

Starting out, the award was only given to an individual.

However, beginning in 2013, the Foundation Board of Directors “broadened the scope of the award” to include nominations of Petal alumni, non-alumni, organizations, clubs or businesses that contribute greatly to the district.

The award is traditionally given at the Petal School District Homecoming game.

The presentation ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 14, at the football game at the Panther stadium.

The “Champion of the Year” is selected from nominations sent in to the Petal Education Foundation Board of Directors.

 Those who wish to nominate an individual, business, club or organization may submit a letter about the person they are nominating.

The letter should include some background information on the person, their contributions to the Petal School District and activities he or she is involved in.

The letter should be addressed to the Petal Education Foundation Board of Directors, P.O. Box 948, Petal, MS, 39465.

Nominations will also be accepted via email to leahne.lightsey@petalschools.com. All nominations are due by August 1.

According to Lightsey, the following criteria is required for consideration:

• the award can be presented to an individual, organization/club, or business,

• it cannot be given to a current full-time employee of the Petal School District,

• the recipient must have contributed significantly to the Petal School District, (contribution does not have to include financial contributions, but may include time and service), 

• must be involved in the community or have given back to the community.