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  • Cookie Company receives sweet reward

  • In front of the entire student body, district officials, family and friends, Eldon High School's Mustang Cookie Company was presented with quite the prize on Thursday morning.
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  • In front of the entire student body, district officials, family and friends, Eldon High School's Mustang Cookie Company was presented with quite the prize on Thursday morning.
    The class was featured in a video made by two EHS students which was entered into the United Commercial Travelers of American's Gives Back Again contest. The video contest featured disability programs and special education in schools across the nation. According to official contest rules, the videos must "explain how a donation will help your school intellectual disability program or special education teacher training program."
    The cookie company's video made it into the top ten and was officially in the running for the $10,000 prize. After receiving the most votes by the contest deadline, the Mustangs were declared the winner.
    Joe Hoffman, UCT's CEO, along with Jen Chillinsky, the Community Outreach Manager were present for the big moment.
    To kick off the assembly, Principal Kris Harwood thanked the guests that were in attendance and shared why community matters with the students.
    "No matter what else you get academically at Eldon High School or Eldon School District, if you learn what community means and you learn how to help the people beside you, you will be successful. That is what this video program/competition allows you to do. It allows you to vote for people you care about and reach out to them," Harwood said.
    Life Skills teacher Elizabeth Clingman told the Lake Sun in a previous interview that the fact that the community was such huge supporters of the program, they were already winners.
    "When all of this happened, I was a little overwhelmed and could not quite wrap my head around a national contest and a whole week of filming- in my class that is a lot. How would my students react to it? And the mess that we make when we cook was all going to be on film. If you have been in our class, you know we have cocoa and flower everywhere," Clingman said to the crowd. "I know what a great program we have at Eldon High School and I knew this would be a great way to showcase all of the hard work that the students do to make the Mustang Cookie Company a success."
    In order to show their appreciation to the community support and for UCT's gracious prize, the cookie company students shared. The group came up with four words that described how they felt about being a part of and winning the contest---believe, hopeful, humbled and thankful. Each student played a role in addressing the crowd that roared in support for each of them.
    As a corporate level, UCT has been focusing on intellectual and developmental disabilities for about 50 years. UCT CEO Joe Hoffman told the students that the video contest is relatively new and has only been around for two years old. He added that the contest truly brings communities together.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Mustang Cookie Company was then presented with a $10,000 check and according to the students they are planning on getting a washer and dryer, new kitchen, yoga balls and more for their classroom.

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