San Jose, January 30, 2019: Moreland School District announced that Claire Kampmeier, 8th grade student at Moreland Middle School, has been selected for the 2019 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Award in the Positive Peer Influence category. The annual Asset Champions Award recognizes schools and individual efforts to make the community a better place for young people to live and grow.
Nominated by her peer, 8th grade student Jack Roue, Claire is described as an informed, passionate, and courageous leader who inspires both her fellow students and staff at Moreland Middle School (MMS). As a leader of the Inclusivity Club at MMS, Claire brings together diverse students to discuss contemporary issues and how to provide a nurturing space for all students on campus. Her leadership role requires research and planning to lead weekly meetings, in addition to executing activities around the school to support all students who may feel marginalized.
Last school year, Claire planned Day of Silence, a student-led national event to help promote inclusivity, awareness and understanding of their rights and the rights of others. She helped lead the Inclusivity Club to make posters to educate students and staff, planned a well-attended moment of silence at the front of the school, and ended the event with a peaceful march throughout the school. Jack Roue shared, “Claire’s actions to lead the way to greater acceptance and visibility has improved our school and has made it a place where all students feel safer, more connected, and more accepted.”
The Project Cornerstone’s Annual Asset Champions Awards Breakfast will take place on
March 28, 2019, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. More than 1,000 community partners representing local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations, parents, and youth will gather at this event to honor the award winners. The Moreland School District and its community has been honored several times for being an Asset Champion that makes extraordinary efforts to build developmental assets, create positive connections with young people, and inspire others to do the same. Past winners include:
- Baker Elementary School, Caring Elementary School Climate Award, 2017
- Veronica Trejo, MMS Community Liaison, Positive Cultural Identity Award, 2015
- Leticia Tapia, Payne Elementary School Community Liaison, Adult Role Model Award, 2014
- Moreland Middle School, Caring Middle School Climate Award, 2013