A show of appreciation



Centre schools? second annual Blue Ribbon Ceremony took a musical turn Thursday afternoon, but the purpose remained the same: Giving students and faculty an opportunity to say thank-you to someone who has made a positive difference in their lives.

In the weeks preceding the ceremony, participants were asked to write a letter to their special person, along with an invitation to attend the celebration. About 450 people gathered in the gymnasium Thursday.

?An underlying goal is to hopefully build character by teaching students to think outside of themselves and show appreciation to another,? said Jerri Kemble, superintendent.

Headlining the celebration this year was Monte Selby, known as ?education?s songwriter? for the hundreds of songs he has produced the years with students, educators and Grammy-winning musicians.



During Thursday morning Selby and his son, Michael, met with students in three age groups: kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth grade through eighth grade and high schoolers.

Following the presentation of blue ribbons to the guests of honor during the afternoon assembly, the father-son team presented an exclusive concert?including the debut of a song they had written with the input of Centre students.

After a few opening songs, Selby called the kindergarteners through fourth-graders to join him as a backup choir for some of their favorite songs.

Beyond his talent as a musician, Selby is a songwriter with more than 100 published songs for adults and kids. A recording artist with MDM Records in Nashville, Selby?s CDs include legendary and Grammy-winning musicians, songwriters and producers.

Beyond the recording studio, Selby has completed a doctorate in education, been a schoolteacher and administrator and is the co-author of eight books.

The Blue Ribbon Ceremony itself was created by Helice Bridges in 1980 to help people express appreciation, respect and love for the significant people in their lives.

The thin blue ribbon that each honored guest receives reads, ?Who I am makes a difference.


To hear the song composed by Monte Selby and the Centre students, go to www.monteselby.com/GetThere.mp3












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