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The North Syracuse Junior High School Builders Club, which consists of more than 100 members, has been nominated for a Spirit of Caring Award by the United Way.

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NSJHS Builders Club focuses on connecting students to community, each other

For many school clubs, getting cut from the district’s budget means the end of the road. For the Builders Club at North Syracuse Junior High School, it just meant organizers had to get creative. “Most people, once your organization is cut, it’s cut,” said social studies teacher Chris Leahey, the club’s co-advisor. But we think it’s an important thing, particularly for those kids who don’t have a lot of connections at school. So we kept it going… It’s something that we value — the school values it, the administration values it. Even if the money’s not there, I think it’s a valuable thing and something worth keeping.”

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