Hundreds of students made the grade this year and were honored for their academic successes.
This year, over 300 Colusa Coutny students participated in the 20th annual Colusa County Office of Education Scholastic Appreciation Day, held at the Colusa County Fairgrounds last week.
Known as the 3+ Club, this event honors students throughout the county in grades sixth through twelfth who have maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average with no D or F grades for the entire school year.
The program was started in 1999 by then Colusa County Superintendent of Schools, Kay Spurgeon. Irmalee Schumacher has been the 3+ Club Coordinator since 2001, and this year she handed over that responsibility to Jennifer Jelavich, CCOE’s Literacy and Public Relations Coordinator.
“The 3+Club Scholastic Recognition Day event is made possible by the Colusa County Office of Education and the support of Colusa County Superintendent of Schools, Michael West,” Jelavich said.
In total, 1,002 students from all over the county qualified for this program this year. During the last 20 years, more than 14,000 Colusa County students have been identified as 3+ Club Scholars.
Jelavich said qualified students were granted free admission to the Colusa County Fair on Thursday, June 6.
“Upon admission they were given a bag of “goodies,” which included coupons for free carnival food and a selection of other small items,” Jelavich said. “Students were also encouraged to select an item from gift tables that included gift certificates from local businesses and purchased items such as games, wristwatches, iTunes cards, and backpacks.”
Throughout the evening, there were drawings for special prizes as well.
“Everyone who attended was eligible to win one of these prizes,” Jelavich said. “Some of the items included bicycles including helmets and locks, cameras, tent and sleeping bag bundles, swim floats and beach towels, digital and gaming devices, glider plane rides, trips to Sacramento - the California Museum and Historic Old Sacramento- and San Francisco. All trips included a gasoline card.”
Nataly from Pierce High School took home the grand prize, a brand new laptop computer.
Guillermo and Debanhy, both students at Williams Junior Senior High School won bikes during the event.
The Torchbearer Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, the Colusa Lions Club and teachers and administrators from around the County volunteered their time to help with the event.
Over 100 local business and nine out of town businesses money or items that were given away in the raffles. Any funds received through donations were used to purchase additional raffle prizes.