Giving Back 2016: #DCSgivesback

During the holiday season, we want to share information with our community about all of the great things students and staff do. To keep track of all of the great things, we asked our staff members to use the hashtag #DCSgivesback when tweeting about their giving!


Below are some things that our schools have done this holiday season to help those in need! 
Elementary Schools
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Preschool food drive 
   - Penny Harvest Service Learning Program
   - Bailey Cub Scouts food collection
   - 4th grade: 24-blanket fundraiser for Welcome Warehouse
      - Students work together to create blankets 
      - In addition, they also donated $155 to the Welcome Warehouse 
   - Adopt-a-Family
   - 1st graders put together "Meals on Wheels" personal care gift bags 
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - 4th graders have been working on creating worry dolls to support our local OSU community 
   - "Mini Mall"
      *5th graders create little Etsy stores and sell homemade goods to all the students
      All the money raised goes to Welcome Warehouse, Nationwide Children's, & Dublin Food Pantry
   - Adopt-a-Family:
         - Staff members adopt 3 families
         - PTO adopts 5 families
   - The PTO holds a Sock-tober event where they collect socks for Welcome Warehouse
         - They collected over 650 pairs of socks this past October.
   - The Girl Scouts also collect scarves and gloves to be donated to the Welcome Warehouse and
      Columbus's Faith Mission
Deer Run:
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Deer Run students collected 750 bars of soap!
      (They were all donated to The Welcome Warehouse & The Dublin Food Pantry)
   - Deer Run families donated enough boxes to fill 2 pallets of food! ​
   - Adopt-a-Family 
   - Girl Scout Coat Drive
   - Jars for JJ: Student's collected money for a Dublin family who is fighting Leukemia
   - The Girl Scouts, "Warm Hearts Caroling Event" also collected scarves and gloves to be donated to
      the Welcome Warehouse and Columbus's Faith Mission 
 Glacier Ridge
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Operation Kids for Troops: Every box shipped includes a Beanie Baby, an American Flag and a
      letter of gratitude along with magazines, toiletries and food items
   - Adopt a Family Collection: GRE classrooms will be adopting families and filling their wish lists,
     making donations to the Welcome Warehouse
   - Holiday Post Office: From 12/9 to 12/16, fifth grade students sell self-created postage stamps
     before school, which students can purchase to send inter-school mail to friends in other classes
     The money from the stamp sale goes toward the Celebration of Giving donation
   - Celebration of Giving: In lieu of a holiday party, GRE holds an annual Celebration of Giving, an
      all school assembly, where they present the proceeds from the Holiday Post Office 
   - 5th graders volunteered at a local nursing home and did crafts with residents
Indian Run
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Students donated Thanksgiving meals for Harvest of Hope!
      -Though their collection efforts, Harvest of Hope was able to provide Thanksgiving meals to over
      360 families in the Dublin area!
   - Partnered with the Girl Scouts for a winter coat and jacket drive
   - Adopt-a-Family (Multiple families)
   - Partnered with Edwards Dental; donated 157 pounds of candy to be sent to overseas military
Olde Sawmill: 
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Penny harvest service learning project
   - Mittens and hats giving tree 
      - Students collect hats & mittens to be donated 
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Kinder Key Caroling, community-wide effort to collect monetary donations to benefit the Heart
      Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
   - Adopt-a-Family
      -Students wrapped presents to be given to the families
   - 5th grade students made cards for senior citizens home to spread holiday cheer 
   - For Veterans Day, 4th graders collected items & wrote thank you notes for soldier care packages 
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Staff members volunteered at Harvest of Hope, where many families from the community are
   - Riverside students will be partnering with Embassy Suites on a community service project.
      Embassy Suites will be donating materials and volunteering their time to help. Each student at
      Riverside will be putting together a bag of needed items that will be donated to a local homeless
      shelter. A staff member volunteers at this shelter on a weekly basis and will be delivering the
      items to the shelter. 
Scottish Corners
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Students have been making ornaments for troops
   - Students have been creating lists of things that those in need could use most
   - Students and staff use a "Giving Tree" to help those in need of warm hats, mittens, coats, and
      scarves (or white envelopes with donations for a gift card for food, toys, or anything to offer help
      to those in need)
   - Student are collecting the items for The Family Mentor Foundation's program: Buddy Bags a
      project that was inspired by Ms. Law's class 
   - Students have been raising money for the Army Nurse Corps
   - Students have been hanging ornaments with kind words on them
   - The student leadership group, the patriotic group, have been making holiday cards for veterans
      and local heroes 
   - Supported Girl Scout Troop at Thomas to collect coats
   - Supported Boy Scout Troop at Thomas to collect gently used books, reading materials, and video
      games for our Troops
   - Collected candy for our Troops
   - Currently demonstrating random acts of kindness to spread cheer and show care for others this
      holiday season 
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Students have been performing random acts of kindness by creating kindness cards that will be
      sent out to spread cheer
   - Students have also been creating snowflakes to help each other understand their uniqueness.  
   - Students are also bringing in random gifts of kindness and playing with a new friend on the
      playground to spread kindness
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Wyandot's "Season of Giving" 
   - They have collected 216 items and counting so far. These items include new hats, coats, gloves,
     socks scarves & gift cards
   - Students have worked on "giving" themed shape poetry
   - The PTO has collected 360 pounds of food & toiletries to be donated to the Dublin Food Pantry
       - They will also be donating a $200 giftcard to buy winter clothing for students in need
   - Thirty holiday dinners will be provided for a local school community
   - AM kindergarteners made happy holidays cards for firefighters for their service project at the
      Holiday Party 
Middle Schools
   - Students made and served lunch for those in need in downtown Columbus
   - Staff & students made 200 PBJ lunches and donated extra PB to a shelter
   - Students made and delivered 250 cookies to those in need
   - Team 7-2 students delivered $1,200 in presents to their Adopted family 
   - The results of "Davis Gives Back":
   - Students school-wide donated sweatshirts and jackets to the Welcome Warehouse.
   - Students and staff have been supporting two Karrer staff members who are battling cancer
   - 6th graders are making snowflakes and other holiday items to send to retirement centers to help
      decorate for the holidays
   - 7th grade home bases are collecting pajamas, underwear, socks, diapers and wipes for needy
      families with young children
   - 7th grade is participating in Blessings in a Backpack with Wright Elementary School students and
            -The teachers and students have made friendship bracelets for their elementary buddies and
            travel to Wright throughout the year to pack food items, buddy read and do arts and crafts
            with the elementary school students.
    - Orchestra students traveled to a local nursing home to perform for the residents  
    - Students created snowflakes for local nursing homes 
   - Students donated to the FCA toy drive to support NC4K
   - Students have been donating new or gently used books to JTIs book drive
   - Students from Grizzell and across the District have been supporting and raising awareness for
      their fellow student who was diagnosed with cancer 
         -Students have made videos, posters, wrist bands, t-shirts and other items
   - Students have been shopping for the Adopt-a-Family program
   - 8th Grade students are making "no sew" fleece blankets, preparing cookies to be delivered to area
      elderly, and donating food for "Blessings in a Backpack"
   - The Junior Teen Institute sponsored "12 Days of Kindness" at Sells
   - Students created thank you notes for school and community members and also made cards for
      Friendship Village to distribute while the choir goes caroling 
   - Students participated in a hat and mitten collection 
   - Students created and distributed "Candy Cane Messages" to spread cheer and kindness to students
   - The 8th grade choir went to Friendship Village to sing a concert for the residents in the
         independent living section and then they are caroling in the memory care and hospital units
   - The 7th grade percussionists played in the public library lobby
   - Music students worked on a service project for the homeless. They created sleeping mats made
      from recycled plastic bags
   - All of Mr. Yeager's classes collected and donated over 465 pairs of new underwear for the
      Welcome Warehouse 
High Schools
   - NHS students participated in a toy drive to benefit Franklin County Children's Services
      -They took 2 carloads full of toys down to Franklin County Children's Services 
   - Students in the multicultural club wrote thank you notes to spread cheer 
   - 10th graders spread holiday cheer with their instruments at First Community Village
   - The offices adopted families via Welcome Warehouse in lieu of exchanging holiday gifts
   - Students gave back by collecting and wrapping gifts for children at a local soup kitchen and also
      by sponsoring families 
   - The interact club made dog biscuits to raise money for Canine Companions for Independence
   - Student council is raising money through the cornhole tournament for the Nationwide Children's
      Mental Health programs
   - Members of student council went caroling to raise money for Nationwide Children's Hopsital 
   - Freshman House D donated 141 items to the Dublin Food Pantry
   - Students in a senior english hold a shoebox drive for Choices Shelter for battered women and
      children. This year, they are expanding and delivering toys to a nearby elementary 
   - Bruce Green spoke to students about giving back and the heart of serving others
   - The interact club has been ringing the bell for the salvation army
      -Coffman has been at the Bridge Street Kroger
   - Coffman varsity hockey gave back by helping NC4K, a local organization that helps families who
      have been affected by pediatric cancer. The team loaded moving trucks with gifts for the NC4K
      families that were adopted for the holidays!  
   - The Coffman PTO had a holiday celebration/toy drive at Coffman where they collected toys for
      the Washington Township Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive 
   - Students support the American Cancer Society by selling t-shirts, having a free-throw
      competition, or setting up another game 
   - "Celtics v Cancer"
      - The week of Dec. 5- 9. Jerome hosted a variety of events to raise awareness as well as money to
         support the American Cancer Society. Several clubs at Jerome came together to support this
         cause that has touched them personally in the last year. Lori Davis, a social studies teacher, and
         Jessica Hirth, a 2016 graduate, sadly both lost their battles with cancer. They honor them as
         well as show support to those within Jerome, the community, and in their hearts who have
         survived, are fighting, or who have died from this terrible disease. Below is a list of the clubs
         who sponsored several special activities the week of 12/5. In addition, each day staff and
         students focused on a different cancer that has affected them at Jerome by wearing the color that
         represents that cancer. Their Twitter Hashtag for the week of 12/5-12/9: #CelticsvsCancer

Monday: Breast Cancer (pink)
Tuesday: Childhood cancer (gold)
Wednesday: Colon (dark blue) in honor of Lori Davis
Thursday: Kidney/Leukemia (orange) in honor of Jessica Hirth
Friday: All Cancers/Caregivers (lavender/plum)

               - Heart Sale (2 for $1.00 sold at lunch) in honor of people fighting or who have passed away                   from Cancer. These will be displayed on a movable "Wall" (Sponsored by: CAP/Freshman
               - Pie in the Face fundraising, culminates during school assembly on Friday (Sponsored by:
                 CAP/Freshman Advisories)
               - T-Shirt Sale $18.00 proceeds to ASC (Sponsored by: Sophomore Cabinet)
               - Lunch Games "minute to win it" Style games ($1.00) during all lunch periods Dec 5-9th to
                   raise money and awareness. (Sponsored by: Student Council, Biology Club, Japanese                          Club, NHS)
               - Basketball Free Throw Competition and basketball game during lunches and Friday
                    night’s basketball game (Sponsored by: Interact Club)
               - Basketball Free Throw & 3 Point Contest during Friday’s boys basketball game
                    (Sponsored By: Boys basketball boosters & Interact Club)
               - Cancer Educational Awareness effort through DJTV school news program (Sponsored by:                   Medical club)
   - Santa's Elves: Student Council members are making phone calls to children who
      celebrate Christmas in order to get their wish list for Santa
   - The interact club has been ringing the bell for the salvation army
   - Jerome golf students delivered gifts for the Welcome Warehouse 
   - Scioto holds a Santa Breakfast in which the funds are used to give back into our community for
      families in need.
         - They buy necessities - coats, hats, gloves, etc. as well as holiday meals. All the families they
            support are in the District! 
         - This year, the breakfast raised almost $1300 that was used to provide food, clothes, diapers
            and other necessities to five Dublin families in need! 
   - Cafe Thrift- a great way to give back to community by recycling gently used clothing, shoes and
   - The interact club has been ringing the bell for the salvation army
   - Students are making lists of most needed items and volunteering to shop for them
   - From the donations of over 75 staff members, we raised a total of $700 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! These dollars will be combined with what the Interact Club raised last week.
Thanks again to all those who donated & to those who shared their personal stories. Whether it's leukemia or lymphoma, breast or colon cancer, etc. - no matter what form it takes - a cancer diagnosis is life changing for anyone & everyone involved. You might think your donation isn't going to do all that much, but it is.
Not only does your donation provide the money needed for research, but more importantly, it sends a message of hope to those fighting this disease that they do not stand alone in this battle & that we will not stop looking until we've found a cure.
Scioto had a group of clubs that got together and ran the "Pay it Forward" campaign to raise money for the maternity ward at our very own Dublin Methodist Hospital. They help buy rocking chairs for the rooms so the new mothers have a comfortable place to rock and feed their new little ones. They raised over $2,000.
Central Office:
   - Adopt-a-Family: multiple families
   - Staff members buy gifts for those in need and wrap them 
      -Staff members purchase items such as toys, books, clothing, toiletries, and other household
         goods for these families 


Message from Supt. Dr. Todd Hoadley

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