DCS second graders become "Super Citizens"

A group of Dothan City Schools students who graduated Wednesday morning as “Super Citizens” with Liberty Learning.

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Congratulations are in order for a group of Dothan City Schools students who graduated Wednesday morning as “Super Citizens” with Liberty Learning.

Nearly 400 second graders from four DCS schools participated in the ceremony at Dothan High’s Convocation Center.

For the past several weeks, the students have been learning how to be upstanding members of their communities.

Part of the program allowed students to choose heroes who were exceptional models for their super citizenship.

The Houston County Rescue Divers were one such group selected.

Students felt they deserved more recognition for their efforts in recovering Kelsey Starling’s body, bringing closure to the community and a grieving family.

“They recognized that they had done something important for the community, and more specifically for the family,” said Director of Curriculum Services for Dothan City Schools, Maria Johnson.

“So, they wanted to recognize them, and the dive team came and received the honor and the award and had a few pictures, and I think it really meant a lot to them as well,” Johnson said.

“It’s extremely meaningful,” said Houston County Rescue Chief, Ashton Davis.

“We don’t do this for the recognition. We all share a common passion for serving the community and making the community a safer place and bringing closure to families such as this incident. We definitely don’t do it for the recognition, but we greatly appreciate it, and being acknowledged for it today really means a lot to these guys,” Davis said.

Heard Magnet, Hidden Lake, Kelly Springs and Slingluff schools participated in Wednesday’s graduation ceremony.