The show of community support has been nothing short of spectacular for sixth grade student Melanie Wheeler and her family, and the Galion City School District is trying to do its part to help.
The school district held different fundraisers for the Wheeler family during the week of Oct. 26. Collectively, the school district raised $7,504.54 through multiple fundraising activities.
“I am so proud of our students, families and the entire Galion community,” Primary School Principal Cindy Voss said. “Our Million Pennies for Mel fundraiser was a massive success.”
The Primary School’s fundraiser not only engaged students and their families, but it also engaged the community. Employees from Tasco Thompson and Sons delivered pennies they had been saving for nearly 20 years, which helped the Primary School collect 401,650 pennies for a total of $4,016.50.
The Intermediate School “shared their spirit with Mel” by allowing students to wear shirts that represent Mel’s favorite colors. Students were asked to donate what they were able, and the building raised $577.39.
The Middle School held its first ever Stall Day coin drive Oct. 30. Students brought in change and gave it to teachers to stall the start of their fourth period classes. The students raised $2,900 through this activity.
“Our students and staff have shown the true heart of this community and what it means to be a Tiger,” Superintendent James Grubbs said. “I am extremely proud of each and every one of them, and I want the Wheeler family to know that they have the support of the entire Galion City School District.”