Dublin Villager

Dublin student projects 'focus on giving to others'

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

While many children were making a list for Santa, Glacier Ridge students were working on giving.

The school has done a Celebration of Giving fundraiser for seven years and last week donated more than $1,800 to the Red Cross, which came from student efforts.

To raise money, students sold wristbands with the school's theme, "Choose Kind," did chores around the house and sent handcrafted stamps and cards bearing holiday greetings to other students.

Seven possible charities were voted on and students chose the Red Cross, said Laurie Coon, Glacier Ridge guidance counselor.

"Instead of concentrating on receiving during the holidays we focus on giving to others," Coon said.

In past years, the school has donated money to organizations such as St. Jude Children's Hospital and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"We really concentrate on the celebration of giving," Coon said. "We want our students to be well-rounded."

Holiday generosity extended to other Dublin schools as well as students and staff worked to help others in November and December.

At Coffman High School, food was collected for the Dublin Food Pantry and money for the Holiday Wish program for Franklin County Chrildren Services.

The Interact Club made dog biscuits to raise money for Canine Companions.

The school also raised money to send book donations to Swaziland through the African Library Project.

Jerome High School raised more than $1,700 for the MidOhio Food Bank and the girls softball team tutored students at Glacier Ridge and Deer Run elementary schools.

The chorale and a cappella group also participated in a fundraiser for the Wilson Burn Center at Children's Hospital.

Scioto High School student collected toys for Toys Across America and AP U.S. history classes took donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. AP U.S. government and politics students also collected jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts for the homeless.

There was a schoolwide fundraiser for Welcome Warehouse at Davis Middle School.

Grizzell Middle School students are working to raise $15,000 for Project Honor Flight.

Karrer Middle School students collected food for the MidOhio Food Bank and raised $8,000 through the Turkey Bowl for Blessings in a Backpack at Chapman and Riverside elementary schools.

The Junior Teen Institute at Sells Middle School organized a food drive to help fellow Sells students in need and performed at the Dublin Retirement Village.

Cub Scout Pack 116 at Bailey Elementary School led a Toys for Tots drive. The PTO sponsored a coat drive and fourth-graders made fleece blankets for Welcome Warehouse.

Chapman Elementary School students collected diapers and wipes for Welcome Warehouse.

At Deer Run Elementary School, students donated items to the Dublin Food Pantry and sponsored families for Welcome Warehouse's adopt-a-family program.

Indian Run Elementary School students held a food and toy drive and collected change to help victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

Olde Sawmill Elementary School students raised more than $2,000 through Penny Harvest that will be donated to a charity of the students' choosing in 2014.

Pinney Elementary School students adopted more than 20 families from Welcome Warehouse's adopt-a-family program and collected jackets and food for the Dublin Food Pantry.

Riverside Elementary School students have been and will continue to write letters to troops serving overseas. Staff members at the school collected more than 50 pairs of children's shoes that will be distributed during a building secretary's trip to Hiati.

Food collected at Scottish Corners Elementary School will be given to the Dublin Food Pantry and coats, socks and underwear will go to Welcome Warehouse.

Thomas Elementary School students collected clothing for Welcome Warehouse and raised $2,000 through Pennies for Patients.

At Wright Elementary School, students adopted families locally for the holidays.

Wyandot Elementary School also adopted families for the holidays and made fleece blankets for Welcome Warehouse.

Several elementary schools also participated in the Dublin Support Association's toy and food drive. The central office adopted a family and will provide them with gifts for the holidays.

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