Lake Norman Kiwanis kicked off  its Terrific Kids program recently at JV Washam Elementary School in Cornelius.

Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, positive self-esteem, and perseverance. At JV Washam, teachers teach about a specific character trait each month. The students from each classroom then write about, and vote for, the student in their class that best displays that character trait.

In a special ceremony to which their families are invited, the winning students are presented with a Terrific Kids bumper sticker from members of Kiwanis.