On May 30, Roland-Story Elementary School held an awards assemby, where the Character Council received two prestigious awards.

Natalie Tryon, a R-S senior who had a philanthropic project to benefit Blank Children's Hospital the past two years, presented the school with a 2016 Shining Star award for donating $246.17 to the hospital. Maddie Berggren, vice president of the Character Council, accepted the award.

The award read: “2016 Shining Star Roland-Story Community School District. This certificate is given in appreciation of your donation of time, energy, talents and treasures to support kids receiving care at Blank Children's Hospital."

The elementary school collected money during its Spring Character Counts Week and donated to the hospital in 2016. Tryon represented Blank in giving the award to the elementary school.

The second award was the 2017 Youth Volunteer Award, which was presented by Anne Henry and accepted by Kennedy Peterson on behalf of the Character Council. The council was the leadership team representing the whole school, which was the winner.

The award read: “This certificate is awarded to Roland-Story Character Council for being an outstanding youth volunteer from 2016-2017 in the Story County Community.

This award was for the numerous Character Counts Leadership programs where all students volunteer in providing services to the school and community. The council was recognized for its Quarter Drives where money is donated to Blank Children's Hospital, The Food Bank/Pantry, Puppy Jake, The American Red Cross, Angel Tree, Toys for Tots, Friends in Need and many others. All students were recognized for volunteering as New Student Buddies, Bench Buddies, Recess Buddies, Conflict Managers and Character Zone.