Pinellas school district honors 2009 PRIDE award winners
The Pinellas County school district has recognized more than 400 fifth- and eighth-graders who excel in math, science, social studies, writing and world languages with PRIDE awards.
PRIDE, which stands for Program to Recognize Initiative and Distinction in Education, was a Florida initiative that the district decided to continue after the state dropped its funding. Ditek Inc. of Largo has provided money for the awards for many years.
Fifth-graders must maintain an A average in their subject throughout the year to win a PRIDE award. They also must earn the highest score in their class on a county-developed test and demonstrate a positive attitude.
Eighth-graders must maintain a 3.5 average in their subject throughout middle school, show interest in it through participation in clubs, and exhibit good citizenship.
Here is the list of this year’s PRIDE Award Recipients.
Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter