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What are students in your community doing? Andria Knutson and Zach Moss received an Iowa Character Award in 2011 because of their consistent actions to bring change in their community. Know anyone like them? Nominate them on our website (only 36 more days)!

“Zach and Andria just want to make the world a better place to live in. They are the ultimate example of citizenship,” said Superintendent Mike Wells. “I have been in education for more than twenty years and I have never had any students who have demonstrated so much care, love and compassion for others.”

As the only two student members of the Madison County Leadership Group, Zach and Andria developed a plan to repair the homes of needy individuals in their community. They presented their plans to the school board, Rotary and Optimist Clubs, Education Foundation and the City Council and received $40,000 in grant money to conduct their projects.

Once funding was received, Zach and Andria launched the first project: re-siding and re-roofing a garage and residence. Andria and Zach completely managed the home repair project, including organizing supplies and recruiting student and adult volunteers. Zach and Andria were among the 44 volunteers who arrived after school on a Friday and worked tirelessly until the job was done on Sunday.

Hear more about these Citizens of Character on our YouTube channel.

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