Community service and character development are important core values to our community and huge parts of the Dublin Difference. We believe in providing our students with well-rounded experiences.
During the months of November and December, students and staff throughout the Dublin City School District are engaged in a wide variety of projects to provide toys for children in need, money for just causes and food for the hungry.
They are not receiving a grade, the work is not part of any curriculum and the results are not judged by a standardized test.
We live in a community where our students and parents share these values and we all work together to provide those less fortunate with material and emotional support through partners such as Welcome Warehouse and the Dublin Food Pantry.
I would also like to draw your attention to a new non-profit organization in our community called Dublin Bridges. Dublin Bridges is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing an online gateway for those in need in our community.
Through this portal, individual needs are posted anonymously and once they are verified, a network of generous-minded community members springs into action to fill those needs as soon as possible -- sometimes in only a matter of hours. You can become part of the network by visiting DublinBridges.org
On April 6, the members of my student advisory committee will once again bring the community the Dublin City Schools Dodgeball Championships, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to worthy causes. To date, more than $130,000 has been raised through this fantastic community activity.
On April 21, we will join with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and recognize students and staff who represent the best of volunteerism, caring and selflessness at the Community Champion Awards program.
Although these individuals honored are certainly not seeking recognition, the CCA program provides our community with the opportunity to not only say "thank you," but to reaffirm our commitment to giving.
I would like to give a special mention to our teaching staff.
These dedicated educators do so much for students the public never sees. I hear story after story of teachers who spend their own money to buy supplies for students who can't afford them. These staff members truly make the Dublin Difference for our children.
The scope of the caring and giving that takes place in our District each year is hard to describe in one piece.
Every single one of our 20 schools have engaged in a project to help individuals or an organization in need of assistance. You can learn more about the great projects our students and staff have completed at www.dublinschools.net/GivingBack.aspx
I wish you all a great holiday break, filled with family and friends, and the happiest of new years in 2018.
Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph. D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.