Every single year, all of our 20
school buildings, our central office, and our transportation complex go above
and beyond to give back and help those in need.
just a few examples of volunteerism, community service, and giving back.
The Dublin Support Association (DSA), Dublin City Schools
Transportation Department and Dublin City Schools Elementary students conducted
a new toy/ non-perishable food drive Nov. 12-15. The total collected was 2,559 food items that
were delivered to the Dublin Food Pantry and 372 toy items that will be picked
up by Firefighters For Kids in December.
November, our entire school community mobilized quickly to collect two large
moving trucks full of items needed by those on the east coast whose homes and
businesses were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. A specific list of needed items
including winter coats, new clothes, batteries, paper goods, and much more were
collected by community members and delivered to school buildings which served
as distribution points for organizers. Dublin Scioto High School teacher Kevin
Burns volunteered to drive one of the large moving vans full of supplies to the
New Jersey shore.
Stephanie Reed and Gail Duryea were responsible for pulling together this
enormous effort within the span of a very few days. Several students in many of
our schools took the time to send handmade cards and letters with the needed
supplies. Mrs. Reed, who accompanied Dublin’s relief efforts to the east coast,
reported those cards and letters had a profound emotional impact on the
For the third consecutive year, Bailey 4th graders
made fleece blankets to donate to Welcome Warehouse. Students were encouraged to earn or donate
their own money to buy the fleece material to make the blankets. The Bailey
fifth grade collected items for a downtown Columbus homeless shelter and
prepared sack meals for the Dublin Food Pantry. Fifth graders will also perform
holiday music at the Sanctuary Nursing Home.
5th graders participated in and completed the Junior Achievement
BizTown curriculum and field trip.
Economics, philanthropy, and giving back to your community are part of
the experience, which culminates in a “Mini Mall” project. Each 5th grade student secured start
up capital, built a business alliance with at least one other student,
manufactured a product, and sold their products at the Mini-Mall. All proceeds from the sales were given to Welcome
Warehouse, the Dublin Food Pantry, Chapman Blessings in a Backpack, and local
families in need.
Every one of Deer Run’s 24 classrooms adopted a family in need
through Welcome Warehouse.
Glacier Ridge students participated in Operation: Kids For Troops! These boxes went to Glacier Ridge family
members serving overseas. Students and staff collected needed items and sent 19
boxes to our troops. Students
di chores around their homes to raise money for Warehouse as well as donating
money to their emergency help fund.
Students also participated in a holiday post office to raise money for
Welcome Warehouse and they collected pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald
In December, Indian Run students and staff collected hats,
scarves, mittens, gloves, and socks for Franklin County Children Services and
The staff collected items for the Hurricane Sandy relief
effort, while scout troops collected new and gently used coats, as well as
non-perishable food items. For the
second consecutive year, the building is involved in the Penney Harvest
Pinney's Girl Scout Troop 644 sponsored a Thanksgiving Food
Drive to benefit the Dublin Food Pantry, collected coats for a Columbus Coat Drive and participated in Kinder
Key Caroling in the Pinney neighborhoods with proceeds benefitting the heart
lab at Children's Hospital. The school also adopted more than 20 families
through Welcome Warehouse’s Adopt-a-Family program. Third graders in
Sheila Kollar's class collected more than $100 in change to donate to the Equi-Valent
Riding Center, which uses horse therapy to help children with diverse needs.
In November, Riverside staff members volunteered at the
Dublin Food Pantry for Harvest of Help, assisting with delivery of Thanksgiving
meals to families in the Riverside community. In November and December,
Kindergarten and 1st Grade students wrote letters to our troops as
part of a building-wide community outreach service project that saw participation
from all grade levels throughout the year. All Riverside 2nd grade
students made cards for Hurricane Sandy victims as part of a guidance lesson. Building
staff have assisted over 30 families in getting them matched with holiday gift
assistance and also organized a holiday giving tree. The entire school also
participated in an outreach program with the neighboring Friendship Village
The 2nd grade at Scottish Corners collected donations
before visiting the Ohio Wildlife Center.
Items collected included towels, pillowcases, blankets, laundry detergent,
zip-lock bags, dog food, cat food and rabbit pellets. Students and staff also
held their annual collection for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and Welcome Warehouse
with each class collecting more than 150 items receiving a special prize. The
building PTO’s annual Kinder Key Caroling Service Project to benefit Nationwide
Children's Hospital's Heart Center took place in December.
students and staff collected more than 200 new toys and canned goods to benefit
local families in need. Thomas Girl Scout Troops
coordinated a coat drive to benefit the Salvation Army with students donating 51
coats and many hats and gloves. Clothes
and canned goods were collected for the Hurricane Sandy relief. Additional events include Pennies for
Patients and a drive for the animal shelter. Thomas also partnered with the community to send well-wishes
to our troops overseas. Working with an area dentist (Edwards Family Dental), students
and staff collected candy for the soldiers and created cards for care packages
assembled by Cardinal Health employees.
Wright Girl Scouts participated in both the American Coat
Drive and the American Book Drive and was active in the Dublin Support
Association’s toy and food drive.
Wyandot students created nearly 400 holiday/thank you cards that
were sent to our troops serving overseas.
The cards will be placed in care packages put together by Cardinal
Health of Dublin. With Wyandot’s help,
Cardinal Health was able to exceed 1,000 total care packages for troops. Wyandot
participated in Trick or Treat for UNICEF and has raised nearly $300. The building also conducted a winter clothing
drive in partnership with a Columbus elementary school in need of coats, hats, and
Student Council at Davis Middle School organized and conducted a food drive for
the Dublin Food Pantry and collected more than 1,100 pounds of food. The school conducted a socks
and underwear drive for the Welcome Warehouse and participated in the Adopt a
Family program to help those in need during the holiday season.
After reading articles associated with Canine Companions, 7th
graders at Grizzell Middle School participated in a donations program for the
organization, collecting supplies such as cotton balls, dishwashing liquid,
detergent, and toys. The building also held their annual food drive for Fruit of
the Vine Food Pantry.
The Karrer Student Athletic Council conducted a sock drive for
homeless and needy families. The entire school participated in Hurricane Sandy
The Karrer Student Council organized a canned food drive and
8th grade Social Studies Classes put together boxes of items for
Soldiers in Afghanistan. Sixth Grade Teachers adopted a family through Welcome
Sells, lead by Junior Teen Institute and the Spanish Club,
organized the building’s 3rd annual Turkey Trot/Holiday Food Drive. Many staff
donated $25 to the efforts to buy turkeys to add to the canned food items
collected by students. On Nov. 22, staff
members delivered boxes of food to approximately 35 Dublin families in
Dublin Coffman National Honor Society members along with
Student Council donated gifts to Franklin County Children's Services for their
Holiday Wish program. The NHS also called more than 700 local children as part
of their annual Santa Phones service project. Student Council also participated in Children's Hospital
Kinder Key Caroling program, and will be delivering baked goods and cards to the
Dublin Police Department and other employees who work during times when many
others are with family and friends.
Jerome's Student Senate, along with the Freshman Advisory
Program (CAP) collected cans and money for their annual canned food drive for
the Dublin Food Pantry. The Key Club participated
in its annual collection for the Mid Ohio Food Bank and Chapman Elementary's Blessings in a Backpack program. Students and staff contributed more than $2,000
to buy Thanksgiving turkeys for families in need. A canned food drive conducted
by the Student Senate netted 733 cans and $1,496. The National Honor Society sponsored a collection for Welcome
Warehouse and brought in requested donations of new shampoo, conditioner, bars
of soap, and deodorant. NHS is also working with Teens for a Cure to brighten
the holiday season of a teen-ager with a life threatening illness. The Interact Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at
Perimeter Kroger; purchased gifts for the residents of The Convalarium and
volunteered at their holiday party; volunteer at the Dublin Food Pantry once a
month stocking shelves and assisting customers; and organized a school-wide
letter-writing fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Scioto’s Theatre Department teamed up with other service
clubs at the school and collected more than 3,400 pounds of food for the Trick
or Treat so Kids Can Eat Program. Scioto also teamed up with Hard Road rivals
Worthington Kilbourne High School for the "Battle of Hard Road Food Drive”
in October, bringing in thousands of items. Special needs students undertook a
service project to write letters about themselves, including pictures, and sent
these and other items to a United States Air Force unit stationed in
Afghanistan. A staff member’s husband is
part of that unit. The Scioto staff collected more than $400 and purchased
gifts for 11 children through the Franklin County Children Services Holiday
Wish program. The Scioto Key Club's annual Breakfast with Santa event raised more than $1,200. The money was used to assist seven families with food and clothes, and the purchasing of 16 coats for local students in need.
Central Office provided holiday gifts for an entire family
in need in our school district.
Power Plus students conducted their 4th annual
gifts of comfort project for patients at the James Cancer Hospital. All of the
items were created by Power Plus students with support and donations from the