GALION – Community service has become a focus for students and staff in the Galion City Schools district.
Many of those projects have been well documented, like the Socktober fundraiser and the current campaign to raise funds for the Humane Society serving Crawford County.
However, there are many smaller service programs taking place in the district that are just as important to helping students become well-rounded citizens. S
Seventh-graders are collecting warm clothing items to help those in need get through the winter months. The clothing drive , called Operation Bundle Up, seeks to collect gloves, mittens, hats and scarves to be donated to the Ohio Heartland Community Action Council in Galion.
“We are working with students to help them realize the importance of helping those who might otherwise go without important warm clothing items during the winter season,” said Elizabeth Ice, the seventh-grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. “Thanks to the assistance of (Principal) Morabito and (Assistant Principal) Kinnard, we’re offering the students the chance to wear Spirit Wear and jeans for a day if they meet their collection goal.”
Students will be collecting items for Operation Bundle Up through Friday, Dec. 9.
If they collect 100 items, they will be allowed to dress down to Spirit Wear on Dec. 12. If they collect 150 or more items, students will get to enjoy Spirit Wear and jeans Dec. 12.
Another example comes from the Intermediate School. Fifth-graders have been practicing their Christmas carols in preparation for a week of visits to nursing homes around Galion. Each fifth-grade teaching team will visit a different nursing home in Galion and sing to the residents.
“Our building’s social worker, Carly George, has been a tremendous help in getting the schedule built for this project,” said Alex Sharick , Intermediate School Principal . “I am so proud of the community service projects that have been undertaken throughout our building. It shows that we have a lot of compassionate and caring students.”
The nursing home visits are Dec. 12-15.
Other projects around the district include student-athletes visiting the Primary and Intermediate Schools to read their favorite stories to the younger Tigers weekly. Third grade students collected donations for Christmas Care Packages to be sent to soldiers stationed abroad.
“It is incredible the number of good things happening in our district this year,” said Superintendent Jim Grubbs. “I want to commend our staff members for embracing the idea of promoting community service to our students. I can’t say enough about the job they’re doing and how proud I am to be a Tiger.”