Dublin City School board members were visited by a former first lady last week.

Dublin City School board members were visited by a former first lady last week.

Hope Taft was among many visitors at last week's Dublin City School board meeting where the board was given the "Hope Has a Home" award from the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.

The award is given out annually from the Dublin-area Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic and honors an individual or organization that aids in achieving the organization's mission to help those affected by addictive diseases of the mind, body and spirit.

Dublin City Council was awarded the inaugural Dublin award last year and council members Amy Salay, Richard Gerber and Mayor Tim Lecklider were present to help give the award away.

Ed O'Reilly, program director for the Commerce Parkway recovery clinic, said Dublin council members were given the honor last year for the passage of a social host law that holds parents accountable for underage drinking that goes on in their home.

"We thought it only fitting that last year's winner be involved in giving this year's award," O'Reilly said, adding that the districts' efforts to keep students off drugs and alcohol has earned this year's award.

"Throughout the years the school district has been involved in preventing alcohol and drug abuse," Salay said.

The school board and district have supported organizations such as PERC and ACT, Salay said, furthering the effort to prevent alcohol and drug abuse.

Hope Taft, for whom the award was named, also applauded the district's efforts and said she's glad the district is doing all it can to give students a chance at life.

"I'm so proud that this award has 'Hope' for a name because it is so important and it's what you do," she said.

Board member Lynn May and Janet Gillig, director of pupil services, accepted the award on behalf of the district and thanked everyone for the honor.

"As a district, the board of education is committed to doing all we can to partner with the city on keeping kids drug and alcohol free," May said.

During the meeting, two Dublin City School staff members were also honored with the Golden Shamrock award.

The award given to staff members for exceptional service went to Davis Middle School math teacher John Callahan and Wyandot Elementary head custodian Jim Ingles.

Davis principal David Nosker said Callahan works hard to understand and connect with his students.

According to Wyandot principal John Pfeiffer, Ingles supports students by going to athletic games and making them feel welcome at the school. Ingles also has a relationship with a special needs student and has helped with the student's social development.