Former Bruin gives back by leading Leos |

Former Bruin gives back by leading Leos

Bear River High School alum Kristina Mayol has returned to her alma mater as advisor to the Leo Club, which is sponsored by the Higgins Lions Club.

She was a Leo Club member herself when she attended Bear River as a freshman and sophomore.

Her own young boys today attend Cottage Hill and will be future Bruins, so she’s excited to give back to her school and help the students and the community.

This year Mayol’s goal for the high school Leos is to start a program linking with college campus Leos.

This means the high school kids would visit and tour colleges, meet the older clubs, do joint projects, and, hopefully, help students link and transfer into the clubs once they get into college.

“I am working on the kids getting used to the idea that they are going to be the planners,” Mayol said. “They need to start thinking of what they want to do. There’s a lot the kids can do if they’re willing. I really believe that this is a great group of kids we have this year, and I am very excited.”

Last year, she and the members brainstormed new ideas such as reading to kids at the library and/or crisis center, working at animal shelters, and sending cards and care packages to the troops.

Previous projects have included awarding scholarships, park cleanups, working with food banks, funding a hairdresser for residents of the homeless shelter, providing new clothes, and blood drives.

Recently, Jack Blashford, Mason Riffey, Hailey Patrick, Adriana Moses, Sarah Brennan, and Brittany Mouck cleaned up the Higgins Corner area of litter and trash.

Besides performing community service in the South County, the students look forward to social activities and promoting school spirit at Bear River.

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