Ballston Spa fifth grade students were recently recognized at the annual 5th Grade Moving-Up ceremonies at their elementary schools before the summer break. One student at each school was presented with the Maurice “Christopher” Morley Literacy Award. This award was created in Mr. Morley’s name and is awarded to four students moving up from the elementary schools to the Middle School who have demonstrated exceptional determination and perseverance on the road to reading.
The award includes a recognition certificate along with a gift certificate to a local bookstore. Mr. Morley who was born in April of 1922 struggled his entire life due to dyslexia. To his credit, Mr. Morley proudly donned a cap and gown to receive his Ballston Spa High School diploma some 60 years after his peers.
The 2021 award recipients include Quinn Dewey from Milton Terrace Elementary (shown in photo with MT teachers), Noah Fitzgerald from Gordon Creek Elementary, Zakkai McZeal from Wood Road Elementary, and Madison Denney from Malta Avenue Elementary. The award is supported by the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa and presented annually by each elementary school principal.