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Helping others is holiday theme for city schools

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Delaware City schools are not forgetting those in need during the holidays.

Schools throughout the district are doing their part to raise money and collect food items and toys to donate for the holiday season.

Willis Intermediate School students and staff are collecting food for People in Need (PIN), as they do every year, according to Principal Heidi Kegley. The boxes are placed in the front hall so everyone in the school is aware of the project. Before the food is donated, student council members check all of the items to ensure that none of them have expired.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to the community," Kegley said. "The students are always excited to see how many items are being collected."

Conger Elementary School works on a community project every year, usually during November and December. In the past, students have collected Halloween candy for military troops, donated to the Delaware County Humane Society and assembled packets for children at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

As with Willis, this year Conger is collecting items for PIN. Counselor Sherene Gardner received a list from PIN of items that are needed and each grade level is responsible to bring one specific item, such as bars of soap, toothpaste and tissues. The goal is to collect 400 items by Nov. 28, she said.

"The character word for the month of November is 'gratitude' and we like to center the project on that. The kids also love to do this and track the progress throughout the month," Gardner said.

The grade that collects the most donations will have the opportunity to participate in a holiday sing-along with Conger's music teacher.

Schultz Elementary School is doing multiple fundraises for different organizations, including an OSU vs. Michigan face-painting fundraiser through next week, with the money going toward Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Students at Schultz Elementary are also "decking the halls" with donated food and personalcare items, and are collecting spare change that will go toward purchasing toys and gifts for the Holiday Clearinghouse.

After Thanksgiving, Schultz will sponsor a Giving Tree to provide items for needy families who are not otherwise covered by the Holiday Clearinghouse.

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