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Crookston Leo Club Ranked #1 On The Planet

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  It's been recognized as the best service club on the planet, and its right here in the Valley.

  It's the Crookston High School LEO Club. The Club, sponsored by the "Lions", stands for leadership, experience and opportunity.

  The Crookston High School LEO Club is getting some well deserved media recognition today.

Linda Morgan, Leo Club Advisor: "I don't think people realize that we are the number one Leo Club in the world. And I think that needs to get recognized a little bit, and I think it's hard for the kids to believe that too."

 There are six-thousand-one-hundred LEO Clubs worldwide and Crookston's is one of only 49 to receive the "Excellence Award". But, here's the kicker. They've now received that award 23-years in a row. No other club comes close.

Cod Klamm, Leo Club: "I just love going out there and doing service work for the Community. I do food boxes."

Emily Samuelson, Leo Club: "Honestly, I just like helping people. When you go to the younger classrooms all the kids love what you do. They look up to you so much. It's cool to be that role model for them."

  Students work on all kinds of projects around the Community, including helping out elementary teachers with classes like reading, helping stuff boxes at the local food bank and much more.

  Many Leo Club members will tell you… one of their favorite projects is delivering meals to senior citizens, who can no longer get out of their homes. They're finding out it truly is better to give then to receive.

Kennedy Resendiz, Leo Club: "Oh, yeah. I had one man who told me you make a difference in the world. It was a really cool feeling. That was my 9th grade year and so I've always done it since."

  It all gives a whole new meaning to the phrase… those kids today.

  The Crookston Leo Club was first organized by Mary Ann Odland, who ran it for 20 years. Linda Morgan has been the club's advisor for the past 3 years.

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