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Way to Go!: Colin Robinson of Baldwin

Baldwin High School senior Colin Robinson has won a local award for his volunteer efforts and philanthropic activities.

Robinson, 16, will receive the Leaders of Tomorrow Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Long Island Chapter. The association’s president, Catherine Muscente, said: “Every year, an independent committee reviews nominations and makes decisions on awardees. This year, the committee decided to award two Leaders of Tomorrow awards as both young men were equally impressive and deserving.”

Robinson will be recognized at the association’s Philanthropy Day 2017 Awards Luncheon in November.

“I am thrilled, yet humbled, to be chosen,” he said.

Robinson collected books, toiletries and school supplies — enough to fill seven shipping barrels — for St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf on the island of Jamaica. Donations came from family, friends and local organizations and businesses, including the Freeport-based nonprofit Book Fairies and Woodmotif Cabinetry in Hempstead.

He also raised $900 through a car wash and bake sale and $1,750 in monetary donations that covered shipping costs and extra shelves in the school’s library.

Robinson, a Boy Scout, is a member of Baldwin High’s varsity cross-country track team, National Honor Society, Chess Club, Key Club, Academons Club, Mock Trial Club and Future Business Leaders of America Club. He is in four school bands.

His involvements outside of school include the Baldwin Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board, Nassau County Youth Court, Rockville Centre Youth Council and Molloy College’s Energeia for Teens program.— Michael R. Ebert

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