The adulation and award are well-deserved, said Bomar’s former teacher who nominated him for the award.
“Landyn helped to create an atmosphere of kindness, tolerance, perseverance and joy that made my entire classroom a better place to be,” Lakota teacher Todd Overbeck wrote in his nomination letter to the council.
“These special qualities are difficult to teach to students. However, when there is a classmate who exemplifies these traits every day, his attitude becomes naturally contagious,” said Overbeck.
Overbeck said most days Bomar overcomes a five to seven out of 10 level of pain as a result of his battle against spina bifida.
“Through it all, he never complains and always tries his best to be joyful,” he said.
Before the council’s Oct. 25 awards dinner, Cherokee Elementary Principal Valerie Montgomery organized a special recognition of Landyn as part of the school’s first quarter achievement awards assembly in the school’s gym.
“This young man exemplifies everything I aspire to be with his character, courage, strength and kindness,” said Montgomery, who attended the council’s event. “His smile lights up a room and makes Cherokee and the world a better place.
Lakota Schools Superintendent Matt Miller said one of the district’s students winning a regional, character award is indicative of the emphasis the 16,500-student school system places on character building among its students.
“Character education is an integral part of Lakota’s curriculum, but the best lessons are taught by students who model the way for their classmates,” said Miller.
He described Bomar as being “an incredible model of persistence and positivity at Cherokee Elementary and for that, he is most deserving of this award. We are very proud of him.”