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Each squad has about 15 to 20 kids, and the squads earn points when members get good grades in school. The winning squad receives a reward that serves as an incentive.

"It could be something as simple as a pizza party or a late-night activity," Toone said. "One winning squad is going on a camping trip."

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Michelle Bower, general manager of the Olive Garden on 6305 S. State Street in Murray, said an organization like the Boys and Girls Club represent a nonprofit with significance in the community.

"I think it’s really important to support the youth of our community," Bower said. "Our youth are our future."

Trentelman acknowledged how helpful the Murray Olive Garden has been to the Midvale Club. During the holiday season, the restaurant puts up a giving tree to ask employees and customers to purchase shoes for the Midvale Club youth.

According to Bower, the restaurant usually gets 200 to 300 pairs of shoes donated. These are given to the kids two or three days before Christmas. Sometimes the kids even receive an additional pair.

"I’ve been able to first-handedly see and document it," Bower said. "It’s very heartwarming and emotional."

Both Bower and Trentelman said they are looking forward to fostering the relationship between the club and the restaurant.


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