People may nominate a child ages 5 to 18 who reaches out to help others, whether it's within their family, school or in the community, said Monique Braswell, also known as Dr. Mo, who created the initiative.
"We honor adults on a regular basis, but when we have kids who do great things, they often go unnoticed. I want them to be recognized for who they are and what they do," said Braswell, who is the PTA president at Murphey Middle Charter School and president of a local bike club. "Service work is not a part of the child's by-laws, and when a child takes the time to do something out of the goodness of their heart, that says a lot about their character."
Last year, more than 40 area children were recognized. This year, she hopes to double that number.
"There are a lot of children who do things because they want to, not because they have to," she said. "I hope that more people will step up this year and nominate more children. They deserve to be recognized."
The applications will go through a judging process with panels of community leaders, teachers, and two students. There will be one panel for each of the following categories: elementary school, middle school and high school.
Braswell will select the winner of the top overall award, the Dr. Mo Child Service Award for Humanitarian of the Year, from the top two nominees in each category.
Zoey Morrison, last year's winner of the top award, will be one of the students serving as a panelist. There will also be an award given out this year in Zoey's name, Braswell said.