COOROIBAH student Aaron Towle never thought he'd win an education award, but last month that's exactly what he came home with.
Aaron, 14, is part of the Sunshine Coast Salvation Army's individualised learning and support program, and was awarded a gold medal for his efforts at a special ceremony.
Aaron said it was "pretty cool" to be recognised for his hard work.
"It was my first medal I've won, it was pretty good," Aaron said.
"I wasn't expecting it."
The program helps students that struggle with school, usually pigeon-holed as "naughty kids" and left to their own devices, often at a disadvantage to their own and their peers' learning.
Aaron attends Noosa District State High School and said the program had helped to set him up with real world skills.
"I got my workplace health and safety, so that's really good," he said.
"That's what I really wanted, so that was a big thing."
Aaron said he liked doing hands-on tasks in the program and hoped to have a career as a carpenter, plasterer or a concreter.
Aaron's mum Michelle Towle said she was thrilled with her son's achievements.
"I got so excited I forgot where I was. When he walked up, I went 'that's my boy'," she said.
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