Laurens District 55 High School Teacher J.D. Huff has continued to bring his classroom community together with local businesses for his Student of the Month initiative.

Students in each of his three classes use their cell phones to enter the name of a classmate who gets their vote as Student of the Month; the process is open to all students and completely decided by their peers.

Every student gets his or her time in the spotlight when randomly picked as the Student of the Day; their duties include handing out class materials, calling on classmates to read selected passages, and sharing their personal and academic goals for the week before trying to make three out of seven goal shots on the classroom basketball hoop. It is the title of Student of the Month that gets the winners recognition from their classmates and prizes from Laurens companies.

The focus of the month of September was on the historic town square of Laurens and it’s participating businesses:

  • Emma Dodge: winner of a free meal and movie for her and a guest from Capital Theatre and Cafe, courtesy of Ronnie and Debbie Campbell
  • Amanda Jefferson: winner of a free half hour massage from Vault, courtesy of Michelle Compton
  • Mark McGowan: winner of a free haircut from Foggie’s Barbershop, courtesy of Gerald Foggie

I’d like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Compton, and Mr. Foggie for their appreciated support of this Student of the Month Initiative as well as their prizes,” Huff said. “This is not the first time they have participated in this program and I look forward to their partnership again.”