Galion FCCLA collects pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House

Staff report

For the sixth consecutive year, the Galion High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held their pop tab drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The Ohio FCCLA selected the Ronald McDonald House as a state FCCLA outreach project for all chapters to help support families in need.

The month-long collection involved a competition amongst third period classes at Galion High School. The class who collected the most pop tabs, by weight, received a milk and doughnuts reward from the Galion FCCLA.

“In total, the GHS FCCLA will be donating over 150 pounds of pop tabs this year,” GHS FCCLA advisor Elizabeth Pritchard said. “Several members of our group will be making a special trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus to deliver the pop tabs and enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the facility, which includes seeing the rooms donated by former coach Jim Tressel’s family and current men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s family, May 19.”

Sara Lutz’s class won the overall competition with 25.15 pounds of tabs collected, while Leah Horne’s class came in a very close second with 22.8 pounds. FCCLA members had a competition amongst themselves, and Josie Ehrman was the winner with 15.96 pounds and received a $20 gift card. Many donations were also received from Galion Middle School, the Intermediate School and the Primary School, including a large donation from Mrs. Jackson’s class at the Intermediate School.

“Many children in our community have benefited from the Ronald McDonald House, so it is a great feeling to know that our donations will continue to help families,” Pritchard said. “Our group will continue collecting tabs all year long to support this wonderful organization.”

There are several ways community members can help the Galion FCCLA. First, collect all can tabs (only), place them in a zip top bag and drop them off at the high school office any time. Second, take pop tabs to a scrap metal business, ask for a check, and then mail it to RMH of Central Ohio, 711 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205 USA. The final way, and possibly the easiest, to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to drop spare change in the RMHC Donation Boxes at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Pritchard at 419-468-6500 or email [email protected]

Staff report