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Students/staff go the extra mile for those in need
When we surveyed our community last summer, it was clear giving back, community service, and character development are important priorities for our residents. At this time of year, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate the amazing efforts of our students and staff to give back to those less fortunate, and who personify our collective priority to care for others.
Our students and staff are engaged in a wide variety of projects to provide toys for needy children, 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 assessment. Our teaching staff deserves credit for understanding what it means to educate the whole child. One of the quotes we have been espousing this school year is from ancient philosopher Aristotle. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” We live that notion every day as an organization and as individuals. Our students and staff turns that sentiment into actions. The leadership of staff is an important component to district-wide efforts to give back to our community and I would like to thank them publicly for setting great examples and modeling caring behavior. 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.
These efforts are year-round, not limited to the holiday season or a particular cause. Did you know the teachers at Wright bring in clothes from their homes and keep them in bins at the school to distribute to any students who may need them? Blessings in a Backpack takes place year-round at Riverside, Wright, and Chapman, providing food for the weekends for students and their families in need of some assistance.
The scope of the caring and giving that takes place in our District each year is hard to describe in one newspaper piece and for details on the great things which have taken place in our schools, I invite you to visit,
At this time of year, when doing for others is at the forefront of our collective thoughts, I’d like to leave you with an ultimate “giving back” story. The story of true heroism which took place at Dublin Scioto last month.
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the quick thinking and calm responses of School Resource Officer Brian Nimmo and Nurse Heidi Wess averted a tragedy at Scioto and saved the life of one of our staff members. The school's head custodian, Chris Martin, had suffered a massive heart attack prior to school beginning that day. In less than two minutes, Nimmo and Wess were on the scene administering CPR and using the building's AED defibrillators. Had it not been for the swift actions of Brian and Heidi, Chris Martin would not be here today. He had suffered a type of heart attack with a 10% survival rate.
On Dec. 8, the Board of Education was happy to recognize Brian and Heidi for Exemplary Service in a Medical Emergency. The Dublin City Schools family, and Chris Martin's family, are eternally grateful to have had caring and expert people like Brian and Heidi on staff that day.
The caring spirit of our staff and students, their willingness to jump in without hesitation when an emergency presents itself, these things are the core of the Dublin Difference and are more important in the development of our students than the most effective standardized test ever devised.
I wish you all a great holiday break, filled with family and friends. I invite you to connect with me on Twitter @toddhoadley and please join me at my next community coffee event at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2015 at Sunny Street Café, 7042 Hospital Drive.
Todd F. Hoadley, Ph.D.
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