Dylan Harry attends school in Leon County where students are honored each year at the “Annual Commemorative Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” based on character. The breakfast (which is a huge accomplishment for the students), recognizes the “Dreamers and Doers” from every school in the county and rewards them for following in King’s footsteps. This is in celebration of what has been done and what still can be done around the country and across the nation in doing those things that make dreams reality in the lives of the hopeful embraced by their families, schools and communities.
How does a student get to be selected for the ”Dreamers and Doers” recognition? To begin with, each school has their teachers nominate two students and from there, the teachers submit the names and write up reasons why they believe their students should be chosen. Next, the principal and assistant principal choose their finalists or the teachers vote on the finalists. There are two finalists that represent each school in the district. Dylan’s nomination notice by his school, W.T. Moore Elementary, stated the following:
W.T. Moore Elementary School proudly nominates Dylan Harry for the Dreamers and Doers award. Dylan is responsible, outgoing, and well-liked by fifth grade student body. He demonstrates self—control, respects his peers and adults and is a cooperative worker in all situations in the classroom. Dylan is a determined student who delights in doing well academically. He shows enthusiasm for his learning and for his school experiences. We expect great things to come from Dylan!
The Annual Commemorative Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is sponsored by the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP and Leon County Schools and was held on Friday, Jan.15, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. in Tallahassee, FL at the Leon County Civic Center located on West Pensacola Street. At a previous annual commemorative breakfast in honor of Dr. King, Leon County Schools Deputy Superintendent Marvin Henderson said that the students honored at the commemorative breakfast are the future of the county. Henderson further stated, “It’s critical that we do this. These students are getting peer pressure from everywhere else. They need the recognition from a positive source. This is the answer to a lot of the waywardness of our young people – we’ve got to refocus them and offer opportunities.”
Dylan’s grandparents traveled from Port St. Lucie (on the Treasure Coast) and joined Dylan’s parents, Robert and Angeleen Harry (a teacher in Leon County) and sister Alyssa, to share this special time and to express to Dylan the appreciation and pride in all of his efforts by his family. In 2015, Dylan acquired “rock star” status when he won the Leon County’s art contest depicting the environment in recognition of “Earth Day” which is celebrated every April 22 since 1970. As a result of Dylan’s success, he received two certificates, $50 cash, a plant and his drawing was featured on a billboard in Leon County (Tallahassee), for everyone that passed by to view and observe the message pertaining to our environment’s preservation and conservation.
Congratulations to all of the students of character honored at this year’s annual MLK breakfast (See scenes from commemorative breakfast on slideshow).