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West Shamokin High School Leo Club members cleaning up |

West Shamokin High School Leo Club members cleaning up

Louis B. Ruediger | Trib Total Media
Kristy Bish, a sophomore at West Shamokin High School, plants flowers with the Leo Club in the Shannock Valley Community Park Thursday.

Motorists driving along Route 85 on Wednesday may have spotted Leo Club members from West Shamokin High School picking up trash as part of their commitment of community service.

And after school on Thursday, those same club members could be spotted planting flowers in Shannock Valley Community Park in preparation for Rural Valley’s Memorial Day service.

“We always like to help out in the community — and it’s fun,” said 11th-grader Tori Smith.

Smith and a handful of classmates and club members dug, raked and planted rows of bright orange and yellow marigolds around the park sign near the park’s two cannons.

The service organization, which promotes leadership, experience and opportunity, has about 80 members. It’s sponsored by the Lion’s Club, according to Zoe Ritchie, who teaches algebra at the school.

Ritchie and Patti Burford, who teaches eighth-grade reading, are club advisers who give up personal time to work with students on the outdoor project.

“They do a good job,” Ritchie said. “Kids want to help — they get a lot out of that.”

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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