Association of African American Educators San Diego, CA
Association of African American Educators San Diego, CA

A Salute to African American Students

Annual Touching the Spirit Awards


Lemon Grove Academy Middle School

Alvarez Auditorium

7866 Lincoln Street

Lemon Grove, CA 91945


 May 25, 2017

5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.


The 2017 Annual Touching the Spirit Awards is an award assembly that will honor 4th through 12th grade African American students. This awards assembly is designed to celebrate African American student achievement, community service and cultural heritage. Schools are invited to nominate and bring up to six African American students, three males and three females, to receive one of the following awards.


Male Awards                                                                                                       

  • Dr. John Griffith,  Academic Achievement Award                   
  • Dr. Charles Thomas, Community Service Award
  • Dr. Jack Kimbrough, Pride in Cultural Heritage Award


Female Awards


  • Dr. Bertha Pendleton, Academic Achievement Award
  • Dr. Shirley Weber, Community Service Award
  • Ms. Shirley Day Williams, Pride in Cultural Heritage Award


Award Criteria - This award is given to an individual who meets one or more of the following requirements:


Academic Achievement Award 

  1. Has maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent in elementary.
  2. Has shown continuous academic improvement and currently has a 3.0  or higher.
  3. Has shown the greatest academic improvement during the school year and is currently have over 3.0 GPA.


Community Service Award

  1. Has provided extra time and effort in supporting community activities or performing community service.
  2. Shows consistent leadership skills on campus, e.g. student government.
  3. Demonstrates  follow-through in improving his/her school or community environments.


Pride in Cultural Heritage Award

  1. Has shown pride in African/African American culture through specific actions or projects undertaken at the school or in the community.
  2. Consistently seeks knowledge of African/African American culture.
  3. Shares personal knowledge of African/African American culture with others.


Click here to nominate an outstanding student. 


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