By Susannah Marley • Staff Writer | Click HERE for Full Article
Longview Elementary School fifth grader Makenzie Giles’ being named the January Goodall Homes Student of the Month came as no surprise to her peers and teachers.
“In the school setting she is a generous peer helper in academic classes, extends a friendly smile to those in need, and strives to live by our motto of ‘Be Nice,’” Makenzie’s teacher Kendra Brooks said in her nomination of Makenzie.
Described as “a well-rounded student” by Brooks, Makenzie is a blue belt in Taekwondo, a member of the school choir, and an elected member of the Longview Elementary School Student Council, which is currently sponsoring a food drive for The Well Outreach, a Spring Hill-based organization that provides food assistance to those in need.
“I enjoy helping the school and helping people,” Makenzie said. “ makes me feel nice about myself.”
Makenzie’s mom Samantha Giles said she was trying hard not to cry watching her daughter receive this award.
“I can’t describe how proud I am of her,” Samantha said.
Makenzie, whose favorite school subject is math, said her favorite parts about Taekwondo are her instructors and learning self-discipline.
“ recognizes a special student every month,” Goodall Homes Marketing Director Rachael Overall said. “I live in Spring Hill so is very important to me.”
To submit a nomination for the Goodall Homes Student of the Month, click here. Students from Williamson County Schools, private schools, and Franklin Special School District are eligible.
Mackenzie Giles family surprised her by showing up to school on Friday. Brother Lucas, mother Samantha, and father Dustin