November 17, 2016
Youth Appreciation Award– St. Cloud Optimist Club
Nominee: Caroline Popp – McKinley Area Learning Center
I wish to nominate Caroline Popp for the Optimist Club Youth Appreciation Award. Caroline has been a student of mine at McKinley ALC for the past two years. I have seen Caroline grow in her efforts toward high school completion, involvement in service learning, and willingness to give back. Caroline is an active participant and leader in the PACE and Work Experience program at McKinley ALC where she achieves college & career readiness skills in addition to working part-time. This year she took the initiative to arrange a classroom assistant volunteer position at Kennedy Elementary. She enjoys her students so much she has volunteered extra time within the Kindergarten and Art classes; at times up to 5 days/week. This experience has enhanced her communication skills and self-confidence to pursue becoming Certified Nursing Assistant at St. Benedict’s; where her passion will shine with her residents.