Club searches for volunteers to honor

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Soroco High School's 11s Club is looking for a few good volunteers.

Nominations for the volunteer of the year are being accepted until March 11, with a ceremony to honor nominees scheduled for April 7.

The student-run club was started several years ago based on the idea that it was made up of "11s" -- people who, on a scale from one to 10, aimed to be 11s.

One of the club's main events each year is choosing one adult volunteer of the year and one student volunteer of the year.

"A good portion of what the 11s do has to do with volunteering," said Valerie Broadbent, a Soroco High School teacher and a teacher sponsor of the 11s Club.

Knowing there are so many people in the area volunteering, the students "wanted to honor those people and do something back," Broadbent said.

"Most of what happens in our communities would not get done (without) the time that (volunteers) give," she said.

Nomination forms are available at post offices in Oak Creek, Phippsburg and Yampa, and at the libraries in Oak Creek and Yampa.

This is the fourth year for the volunteer awards. On average, about 30 adults and a dozen students are nominated for the award, Broadbent said.

All nominees are recognized and have their photos and biographies placed on boards spread throughout Soroco's gymnasium. The two who receive the award receive a plaque.

Last year, adult volunteer Pat Woodcock and Soroco senior Wade Ager won the awards.

The 11s Club is a leadership organization through which students learn about working together and helping others.

The club's goal is to help students to better themselves, better their school and create a bridge between the school and the community.

"It's a good way to get kids started on the road to working in the communities themselves," Broadbent said.

The group helped bring back the school's homecoming parade, now called the spirit march; sponsored a carnival for students; and developed the EPYCS Club, which raises $500 to match a $7,500 El Pomar Foundation grant, which is given to other organizations.

There are no requirements to join the club, but members have to help raise funds and help with the volunteer of the year program.

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