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CLINTON — For their work in collaborating to put on the successful “Back 2 School Bash” in August, and for other volunteer efforts, the Clinton Leo Club was presented with the Clinton Community School District’s Gold Key Award on Monday.

The Gold Key Award is presented monthly at district school board meetings, created in recent years as a way to recognize outstanding service to the district or Clinton community among students, teachers and staff.

The Leo Club, since its inception last year, has been responsible for various community clean-up projects, food and candy drives, and fundraisers. Comprised of both Clinton Middle School and Clinton High School students, the club is more than worthy of the award, according to those who have seen their work firsthand.

“The CHS and CMS Leo Club have been a phenomenal addition to each school,” CHS Principal J.R. Kuch told Clinton School Board members on Monday. “Both affiliations have had a very strong presence at each school. The best part about the club is that it’s built around serving others.”

Kuch praised not only the students, but the club’s advisors and co-organizers, district media speicialist Emma Folland and CHS special education teacher Andrew Carbajal. The duo launched the initiative last spring, aiming to add another community service branch to an already outreaching district.

CMS Principal Dan Boyd echoed Kuch’s sentiments, beaming at his students’ involvement in the community betterment operation.

“I think, more than anything, (the club) is teaching the kids to take ownership in what they do, and to have pride in that,” Boyd said “This is a group where they are networking with different organizations throughout the community, but also with other organizations within the school district. The kids are really passionate about what they do and it’s evident through the work they’ve done thus far.”

Clinton School Board President Eric Gettes addressed the group after their award presentation as well.

“I can’t think of a more deserving group to get this than you folks for all the hard work you’ve put in and all the great things you’re doing in our community,” Gettes said. “Congratulations to all of you.”