“Yes I Can” awards handed out to multiple Livingston Parish students

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The Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children recognized four students in Livingston Parish by giving them the “Yes I Can” award. 

The winners were: 

  • Alisha Davis, a 5th grader at South Fork Elementary, who won in the art category
  • Timothy Bell, a 4th grader at Freshwater Elementary, who won in the academic category 
  • Heaven Barker, a 3rd grader at Freshwater Elementary, who won in the technology category
  • Carson Tullier, a 3rd grader at Juban Parc Elementary, who won in the self-advocacy category

According to the Livingston Parish Public Schools, “the ‘Yes I Can’ Awards recognize children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievement in multiple ways.”

Each of the four “Yes I Can” award winners is now qualified for the Louisiana’s Council for Exceptional Children’s national awards program. 

“Our teachers put a lot of time into gathering the necessary information to nominate our students for these awards.  The students deserve the recognition, and it’s worth it for our teachers to go that extra mile to see that they are recognized,” Special Education Director Eric Penalber said.

Every year the review committee for the “Yes I Can” Awards picks one winner from each of these categories:

  • Academics
  • Arts 
  • School and community activities
  • Self-advocacy
  • Technology and transition

“We are very proud of our students and those dedicated educators who work with them,” Penalber said. “This recognition of their abilities is a true testament to their positive attitudes and determination, as well as the supportive environment our school district works to provide each day for all our students.” 

The four Livingston Parish “Yes I Can” award winners join the list of over 40,000 children and young adults who have been recognized over the last 36 years. 

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