Racial justice alliance awards Milton Elementary students

Dairian James, Xavier Williams earn school honors
May 3, 2021

Milton Elementary School students Dairian James and Xavier Williams were recognized in April with the African American/Black Achievement Award from the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

Students were chosen because they demonstrate leadership, improvement, effort and excellence.

Dairian, a third-grader in Dawn Johnson’s classroom, daily demonstrates the traits that make him a role model for other students. Darian cares about his classmates and always takes time to find out how others are doing, teachers said, and everyone loves his company and great sense of humor. Some of his best attributes include his ability to always stay positive, his perseverance and his work ethic.

Xavier is a remote first-grade Spanish Immersion student in Tracey Keller and Jorge Moreno’s classroom. Although he is learning outside the school building, teachers said he is always an active participant and a really good friend to other remote and in-person students. Xavier is a hard worker who takes learning seriously, and even remotely, he helps other students when they are struggling. Teachers said Xavier is supportive of others, extremely responsible, and always puts forth effort in all areas, leading to his progress and success.

Each student received a $15 gift card to Browseabout Books in Rehoboth; SDARJ contributes $10 to each gift card, and Browseabout contributes $5.

SDARJ’s education committee initiated the award to recognize students in the Cape district who represent ideals of leadership, effort and excellence in their schools. A nonpartisan organization, SDARJ educates, informs and advocates for racial justice, equality and fair opportunity. For more information, go to

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