The Manawa School District held its Staff Recognition and Appreciation Celebration earlier this month. This year’s Heart of Gold recipient is Brad Johnson. The Heart of Gold award recipient should be caring, patient, generous, considerate, compassionate, humble and demonstrate a strong work ethic. The award was given to Brad because he engages the students in a lesson he is teaching and provide a way for his students to relate to the subject matter. He wants to see the kids grow and learn and to see them all succeed in life. The Friend of Education award was added this year for contributors of their time, talents and resources and this year it was awarded to the Manawa FFA Alumni.