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The 2023 Kelley Awards

It has been a year to say the least. I didn’t snap last day pics of my kiddos because while a picture can show how much the year physically changed them, it cannot show the emotional and mental growth this school year brought. They didn’t receive any end-of-year school awards but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. With that being said, I am happy to announce the 2022-23 Kelley Awards.

Hannah Mae — The leader of our pack. You are so creative and funny. The events of this year will not only impact your personal school career, they will impact the lives of all Vilonia students. You we’re forced into the life of a homeschooler. The amazing Mommu stepped back into the role of educator and though there were difficult days, I am so proud of all you accomplished. It has been a rough road. Remember the more difficult a situation is, the sweeter and greater the victory can be when resolve occurs. We don't know what the 23-24 school year holds for you. We don't know if you will be back inside a traditional classroom setting or if we will try something else. But what I do know, is that you will come out on the other side stronger and empathetic to those that are going through hard times. For all of this, I am happy to present you with the OVERCOMER Award!

HaleyAnne — You are a hard-working, goal-setting little firecracker. Your voice is loud and your persistence for things to be a certain way does not go unnoticed. You have read more books this year than I can count and you are always striving to do better. You learned a new sport and did your very best at it. You never give up and always want to continue improving whether in the classroom or on the field. You a sociable person who is constantly willing to help friends. You possess a great mix of your real self and confidence. The list could go on and on. Because of all of this you are the recipient of our 22-23 GOAL SETTER award

Hunter Owen — This was also a year of new things for you. Watching you play baseball and the love you have for the game and sportsmanship did this mama's heart some good. You have so much good within you and when you put it to use, you do so many amazing things. Though there were times this year you became frustrated with what life put in our path as a family, more often than not you encouraged your siblings to not act out or complain. You are a natural leader and it is our hope that you use this quality for good. We hope you continue to roll with the punches and show others how to do the same. We present you with the 22-23 ENCOURAGER award.

Henry Bryan — God truly blessed us with you! You have created new and exciting challenges for your dad and I as we navigate your autism diagnosis. You are so smart, loving and funny. Pre-K was a whole new world for you. You learned so many things and your teachers Ms. Becca and Mrs. Brianna (aka P-Nana) didn't let you ride your diagnosis into a world of excuses. They pushed you to do better and participate and by the end of this school year, our little guy who at one time struggled with interacting with those his age, found himself playing with others and even sharing his trucks. As you go through school, it is our prayer that you don't let a diagnosis define you and that you don't ever use it as a crutch. We pray that it builds you and leads you to discover all you can accomplish. You can do all things through Christ. You are the recipient of our POSSIBILITY award.

Hudson Mac — Our little miracle. Your first year in Pre-K saw many ups and downs. You had to adjust to sharing an adults time with 11 classmates, a new schedule, and not being able to get your way all the time. Mrs. Aimee loved on you, encouraged you and redirected you many times, but we could not have asked for a better teacher. She exhibited UNWAVERING patience with you. During the first semester, I often dreaded pick up time because I knew I would have an incident report to sign. By the end of the year though, a page had turned. You are talking more (thanks to instruction by the Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative team at VELC) and your behavior has greatly improved. Your love for music makes this heart smile and I love seeing you dance to the beat of your own drum. You keep us on our toes, always getting into something you probably shouldn’t be… aka Mrs. Aimee’s Sonic drink, computer, the sink, etc. Meet this year’s EXPLORER award recipient.

Kelley kids- mom and dad love you and couldn’t be prouder of the people you are becoming!

To our ”village”, you know who you are. We couldn’t do it without you.

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