At its October meeting, the Clearwater Chapter Florida Society of the Sons of the American Revolution presented public service awards to Deputy Wayne Spencer Gross of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and Firefighter/Paramedic Robert D. Williams and Lt. Matthew A. Carpenter, both with Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue.
The men were chosen by their superior officers for their distinguished service to the community and their consistent level of professionalism. Introducing the police award recipient was Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Fire and EMS recipients were introduced by Suncoast Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Karry Bell.
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Three local elementary students have been named Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club Students of the Month for October.
Kaitlyn Davis, a fifth-grader from Safety Harbor Elementary, was selected by teacher Robin Little for her focus in class and eagerness to learn. Kaitlyn's other winning qualities include showing respect for others and a willingness to take on responsibility. Kaitlyn has been described as a model citizen and always looks out for her fellow classmates, stepping up to help if there's a need.
Earning the honor of Safety Harbor Kiwanis Student of the Month at McMullen-Booth Elementary were fifth-graders Lexianne Bates and Graham Hughes.
Lexianne was chosen by teacher Sandy Everett, who feels the young lady stands out as an individual in many aspects. She is a leader in and out of the classroom, demonstrating good character by her actions and choices. Her ability to perform at high levels academically demonstrates her desire to be successful, always giving 100 percent effort.
Respectful, caring and responsible from day to day, Graham has a good sense of humor as well as the ability to be a leader, according to nominating teacher Barbara Babler. He serves on the Safety Patrol, supervising kindergarteners and serving as a role model for the youngsters. Babler also noted that while Graham is highly competitive, he displays good sportsmanship and fair play.
Each Student of the Month received a trophy from the Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club.
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Marine Corps League's Morris F. Dixon Detachment 54 reports that a Toys for Tots planning session Oct. 27 in Largo was attended by a large group of volunteers from every section of Pinellas County.
The Toys for Tots goal is to provide 1,500 less fortunate children with toys for the holidays. Pinellas County Toys For Tots Coordinator Ron Ashley says more volunteers are welcome. For more information on how to help, call (727) 517-6408.
In other news, the 238th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps was celebrated by more than 200 members of the detachment and their guests Nov. 10 at the Belleair Country Club. As is customary at Marine Corps birthday celebrations worldwide, cake was shared by the youngest, Lance Corp. Jacqueline Fonseca, and the oldest, John Residence, Marines in attendance.
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