On October 13, the City of Covington honored Cedar Valley Elementary School Teacher Kelsey Anderson as their Citizen of the Year! Each year, they recognize an outstanding individual to honor with the award and past recipients include volunteers, advocates, ambassadors, dedicated residents, and real assets of the City of Covington.
"Kelsey was recognized for her contributions to the community, most recently as a teacher at Cedar Valley Elementary," the city stated in a press release. "On her own, Kelsey fundraised to start a book program for the students in her class to each receive one new book a month during the school year. Soon, she expanded the program to the entire school and even when school was closed during COVID, she would personally deliver the new books to all the homes of students in her classroom and oversaw the efforts for the rest of the classes."
“I am very grateful to have received this award," Anderson said. "My Book of the Month program would not be successful without the amazing donations from my family, friends, and local community members. I am so very thankful for their support and I hope to continue my program for many years to come.”
After accepting nominations from the public, the Covington City Council considered the slate of nominations at their September 22 city council meeting and unanimously selected Kelsey. Kelsey received a proclamation and award from the city council at the October 13 city council meeting.
“She has been doing work to help kids,” said Council Member Joe Cimaomo when speaking about Kelsey. “Its something she has been passionate about her whole life.”