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The Tuolumne County Deputy Sheriffs Association (DSA) has announced a new countywide awards program for junior good citizens in grades four through eight.

The DSA will select one child each month who has demonstrated generosity, kindness, and/or leadership. This can be accomplished through good deeds, helping the community, helping senior citizens, helping animals, fundraising, volunteering, participating in service organizations, doing something admirable in school or church, and/or all-around good citizen behavior. “Good citizenship helps build a strong community,” said Ken Diaz, president of the Tuolumne County DSA. “The Deputy Sheriffs Association wants to recognize and reward good deeds done by children, especially in this age group and to encourage the youth of our county to continue this positive behavior into adulthood.” The only requirements are that the child must be a full-time resident of Tuolumne County and be in the fourth through eighth grade during the calendar year 2005.

Anyone can nominate a DSA Junior Citizen. Submission deadline is the 15th of every month. In the last week of every month, beginning February 2005, the Deputy Sheriffs Association will select a Good Citizen and present him/her with a DSA Junior Citizen certificate and cash prize of $150. The Deputy Sheriffs Association will also announce the winner to the local news media. Send your nominations to: Tuolumne County Deputy Sheriffs Association, Junior Citizen Award, P.O. Box 5233, Sonora, CA 95370. Highlight the child´s accomplishments, involvement, the impact the child has had on other citizens, and/or how the child has demonstrated generosity, kindness, or leadership. Also include the nominator´s contact information.

For more information, call (209) 586-5887 or e-mail Place “Junior Citizen” in the subject line.

Reprinted with permission from Sierra Mountain Times