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BLT attends National Service Learning Conference

Building Leadership Together Leo Club, (BLT Leo Club) sent nine of its members to the National Service Learning Conference in San Jose, Calif., to learn new skills, and to engage in action and dialogue with peers from around the nation. The conference theme, "Inspire, Imagine, and Innovate," celebrated service through youth empowerment, professional development, and volunteering efforts. The conference was from Wednesday through Saturday, March 24-27. There were many great speakers, informative break-out sessions, inspiring stories, and fun community-service projects that were done on-site. State Farm sponsored an awards celebration and ceremony Friday, March 26, which included 10 service awards to students, teachers, businesses, and organizations. There was great food, entertainment, and the Project Ignition Dance Party for the youth.

The students who attended the National Service Learning conference were Tara Matthiesen, Mitch Hurrle, Sheila Konz, Ally Hurrle, Jonathan Bisila, McKenzie Dammann, Karlee Beehler, Megan Bisila, and Madelyn O'Brien. Adults accompanying were Dave Mackereth, Kris O'Brien and Cathy Olson.

BLT Leo Club was one of 65 service projects featured in the National Service Learning Showcase. The Eco Education Mission, funded by a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, featured the BLT projects such as "Our Power" bike generators, 100 Rain Barrel Challenge, Carbon Footprint assessments, Terracycle Recycling, and promoting green products (water bottles, pencils, and school supplies). Using display boards, power point, and an extensive scrapbook, more than 200 people stopped by the booth and talked with BLT members about their project. The nine BLT members were excellent representative of Kimball Area High School and for Leo Clubs. They showed great leadership skills and pride in their accomplishments.

The BLT Club would like to thank the Fairhaven and Kimball Lions Clubs, the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Association for donations that helped to offset the costs of the trip.