Purdy Elementary Principal Jeff Swadley has announced character education medal winners for August, who are pictured above. Purdy's kindergarten through fourth grade teachers, in partnership with elementary counselor Gary Jurgensen, teach a different character trait each month. At the end of the month, each grade level nominates three students who best exemplify the trait presented. Those students receive character medals from Swadley. Area businesses display posters reinforcing each month's message. In August, students focused on friendship. In the front row, from left, are: Deisy Gonzalez, Bosten Goetz, Haylea Cookson, Cadence Simmons, Gabby Roberts and Valeria Hernandez. Second row: Aubree Bennett, Samantha Ellis, Kelly Boling, Angel Perez and Bailey Aust. Back row: Principal Jeff Swadley, Connie Lee, Johan Rodriguez, Andrew Martinez and Gary Jurgensen, counselor.