Keith Merritt, youth leader at Woodlawn Christian Church, was honored with the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 9.
Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Merritt received the community Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
Campbellsville Middle School Guidance Counselor Beth Wiedewitsch nominated Merritt for the award.
According to Merritt’s nomination form, Wiedewitsch wrote, it is obvious that he goes above and beyond to help youth.
“He has made it his mission to support Campbellsville Independent Schools,” she wrote.
“He stops in to meet with our students, has his youth group to bring birthday boxes and stress balls to the counseling office and purchases items himself to donate to the school.”
Merritt’s donations have been given to FCCLA and art students, Wiedewitsch wrote, and used by students and teachers.
“He has been a huge asset and supporter of Campbellsville Independent Schools for the past year.”
Merritt said he is thankful to be allowed to be a part of students’ lives, and he appreciates CIS administrators being willing to let him come to the schools.
He said he enjoys being present with students, and hopes he can be a constant for them.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at right, honors Keith Merritt, youth leader at Woodlawn Christian Church, with the community Change Award.