First, I would like to introduce you to the background behind my idea to this program:
It's a customary tradition for military commanders and government officials to present challenge coins to guests that visit as a symbol of welcoming and honorary membership.
Our own U.S. Presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, have all presented coins to foreign guests, diplomats, and military members throughout the years.
It is also a longstanding military tradition for the President of the United States as Commander in Chief to tuck away a special challenge coins via a secret handshake challenge coin exchange. A challenge coin from the U.S. President is prized among all other coins.
Starting today Monday October 3, 2023, I, Dr. Marnie Hazelton, as Chief School Administrator of the Englewood Public School District would like to announce the “Superintendent’s Challenge Coin Program” in our district. This program is open to all staff, students, and community members. Only the superintendent can issue these coins. These commemorative coins are gifts of appreciation for meaningful action, honorable action, acting as a role model, promoting a love of learning, selflessness, and the embodiment of EPSD school pride, respect, and spirit.