Columbus thanked a school official for four decades of service to students by honoring him with the city’s most prestigious human rights award.

Larry Perkinson, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. employee and student assistance coordinator, received two standing ovations from many of the people he has worked with in an effort to help local students.

Perkinson received the 2017 William R. Laws Human Rights Award from Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, who said he and Perkinson met as Columbus High School sophomores. For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.