Dear Parents and Community Members,
During the time of year when the time change and gray skies bring darkness, I see so much bright light in the giving spirit of our community.
At the elementary school, new gifts for all ages of children are being collected for the Not Forgotten Box. Examples include new toys, books, games, stuffed animals, or art supplies. At the middle school, the National Junior Honor Society students are making holiday cards and delivering them to area nursing homes. They are also creating fleece knot blankets for children’s hospitals and shelters.
At the high school, the Teen Leadership Corps has chosen the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland to receive their donated toys and personal care items for families. The FFA is carrying on their tradition of sponsoring children in need – they have done this for over 40 years! Many individual student organizations are gearing up to start their giving projects as well.
District-wide we are accepting donations of gift cards that will be distributed to families in need. Our social workers and school counselors will help facilitate the donations. After the new year, we start an annual food drive which is organized by FFA but each building will participate.
For information on how to give, or how to get someone on the list of families in need, please see all the details in this Firelands Blog post
. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for more news on what our students are doing for others this year.
In closing, I want to share how proud I am of our students and staff who give of their time and their resources – but more importantly, their hearts, to help others so that our community continues to thrive.
Here's to a bright and joyful holiday season!
With Much Appreciation,
Mike Von Gunten