BowerstonFront Row L-R: Dylan Booth, Dallas Romig, Braden Caldwell, Deric Radich,Garson Imes, Braylen Novak, Gavin Booth, Garik Imes, Nathan Novak. Back Row: Head Coach Karl Justus, Superintendent Todd Herman, Tanner Berg, Joey Schaar, John Adkins, Cody Smith, Kinder Morgan Vice-President of Public Affairs Allen Force, Jeremiah Roach, Joe Kyle, Garett Rice, Matt Caldwell, Coach Brant Gardner

BOWERSTON – ­ The Conotton Valley Union Local School District (CVUL) received a major donation Monday from Kinder Morgan, developer of the Utopia East Pipeline project, to support the district’s athletic programs and its “Leader in Me” curriculum for the 2016­2017 school year.

The company is investing $55,000 to support the school’s athletic programs and Leader in Me curriculum, a program designed to develop students’ leadership and self empowerment skills.

Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs for Kinder Morgan, presented a check for $55,000 to CVUL Superintendent Todd Herman during the Conotton Valley High School football team’s practice.

“We are thrilled that Kinder Morgan has committed this support to our district,” said Herman. “The impact the Leader in Me program will have on our district and community cannot be quantified. With Kinder Morgan’s help we are able to bring an added dimension to our educational environment and produce leaders in our community for tomorrow.”

The Leader in Me program, based upon “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students, and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

In addition to supporting athletic programs, the donation will help CVUL add certified instructors to implement the Leader in Me program to its full capacity, adding the district to the approximately 80 schools in Ohio, and 1,924 across the United States, already enrolled in the program. For more information, visit: www. theleaderinme.org.

“Kinder Morgan is pleased to support the students and future leaders in the CVUL community through the important leadership and life skills gained through the Leader in Me curriculum and the positives that come through organized athletic competition,” said Fore. “We are proud to continue the 60­year commitment we have in partnering with local groups and nonprofit organizations across Ohio.”

Conotton Valley Union Local School District, located in Bowerston, Ohio, is comprised of one campus housing students in pre­K through 12th grade. For more information, visit: www.cvul.org.