Giving Back: #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!

#DCSgivesback

Below are some things that our schools have done this holiday season to help those in need! 
 
Elementary Schools
 
Bailey:
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Bailey’s 5th grade Leadership Team spearheaded our first canned food drive prior to Thanksgiving. Students collected over 1000 food items to donate to the Dublin Food Pantry. Students also brought in canned food and unopened toys for the DSA food and toy drive. Fourth grade students will be creating blankets for the homeless for their annual giving back program. Bailey PTO also assists in Adopting a Family and provides holiday help for those in need. 
      - Penny Harvest students donated nearly $2,000 
      - 1st graders are collecting items to be donated to Welcome Warehouse and are working with their 5th grade buddies making cards, letters and pictures to send to senior citizens at a retirement home
      - The Bailey PTO, along with students and staff, adopted two families with 15 children this holiday season. Our maintenance and grounds staff delivered the donated items to our partners Welcome Warehouse for distribution to the families
 
 
Chapman:
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Both Chapman staff and PTO (separately) adopt families through Welcome Warehouse’s Adopt a Family holiday program
-Collected socks for the month of October for Kid President’s annual ‘soctober’ drive and donated 715 pairs of socks to local organizations that help people in need.
-5th graders host a schoolwide “Mini Mall” in December where they create and sell crafts. All of the money raised goes towards several local charities. The Fifth Grade Mini Mall is on Wednesday, December 19th from 10:20-12:30 and 1:30-3:20. On Thursday, December 20th we are open from 10:20-12:30 and 1:30-2:30.
-3rd graders sell “Lucky Grams” in March and all the money raised goes towards local charities.
 
Deer Run:
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Collected almost 2000 items for the Dublin Food Pantry 
   -Year long collaboration with Ronald McDonald House, including 
November: Gently used book drive for RMH
December: Each class is making fleece blanket for RMH and holiday items needed for RMH
January: Penny wars collection
Feb: Parents night out fundraiser
March: Spring cleaning items for RMH
-a year round pop tab collection
-DRES PTO is sponsoring a giving tree which has various requests on it
-Sponsoring 6 families with 18 children. There is a sign up genius for families to choose what they would like to donate.
-Collecting new school supplies.
 
 Glacier Ridge
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Operation Kids for Troops - collection of items for troops overseas
      -DSA Toy Drive
      -Celebration of Giving - Cash donation to Welcome Warehouse plus Adopt a Family gift giving 
   - 5th graders visited Senior Citizens and read to them
 
Indian Run
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Harvest of Hope, collection of boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix for a donation to the Dublin Food Pantry
   - Food drive for Dublin Food Pantry
   - Coat drive
   - Knitting club-- 4th and 5th grade volunteers knit hats and scarves for Welcome Warehouse between January-April.
   - Scholastic Pajama Drive-- students in 4th and 5th donate pajamas (and Scholastic donates books) to at-risk students.  
   - An indoor recess knitting group, led by MS. Guehl and Ms. Webber, knit hats and gloves throughout the winter for Welcome Warehouse  
      - Used toy drive--donated to underprivleged Columbus City Schools Elementary School
      - Dead marker drive--in conjunction w/ AP Environmental Science class @ DCHS with Ms. Parker
      -Students have been collecting pajamas for children. Their final total was 48 pajamas! All pajamas will be sent to the Pajama Program and be paired with a book from Scholastic!
 
Olde Sawmill: 
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive 
   - 5th graders visited the Kroger Marketplace on Sawmill Road @ Hard Road to purchase ingredients for Thanksgiving meals they plan to donate
 
 
Pinney:
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Welcome Warehouse is adopting over 20 of our families through Adopt-a-family
-Pint Size Heroes Blood Drive (Spring 2019)
-Girl Scout Coat Drive (Fall 2018)
-Lost & Found donation to Welcome Warehouse (4x per year)
  
Riverside
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Students have donated over 1,200 canned food items so far to the Dublin Food Pantry
     - Students in partnership with Friendship Village put school supply bags together for kids that live and go to school in an orphanage in South Sudan.  We packaged crayons, pencils, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils and notebooks.  We also included a note of encouragement to the children 
 
Scottish Corners
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Sock donations for Adopt-a-Senior
   - Update: 165 pairs of socks and $190 collected!
   - SCE has a giving tree - coats, gloves, hats, scarves for Welcome Warehouse
-Collected black socks for SoleHope in Africa. 
-First grade classroom participates in Adopt a Senior
-Staff donations to Dublin Food Pantry
      - 3rd and 4th graders at Chapman donated 400 coloring books and 300 boxes of crayons to The Ronald McDonald House 
 
 Thomas
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive 
   - Update: The Thomas Community brought in over 1,700 items for the toy and food drive
   - Staff donations to Dublin Food Pantry
-“One Warm Coat” Drive
-Book Drive
-February Pint Size Heroes Blood Drive
 
 
Wright
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Produce donations to Dublin food pantry
   - Spring Pint Size Heroes Blood Drive
   - Staff is adopting several of our families
-Collaborating with many organizations this holiday season:
-Welcome Warehouse is adopting over 30 of our families through Adopt-a-family
-Vineyard Church Sawmill donated over 20 Thanksgiving meals to our families
-Linworth church is adopting 1 family
-NW United Methodist Church is adopting 2 families this holiday season
-Bethel Presbyterian- Adopting 5 families through cards of hope
 
Wyandot
   - Dublin Support Association food & toy drive
   - Students collected 87 stuffed animals to donate to kids in need 
   - Collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald house
      - Wyandot Season of Giving:
-Wyandot students and staff are partnering with #HashtagLunchbag to prepare over 600 lunches that will be distributed across Columbus to those in need. 
-In addition to the lunch drive, Wyandot put together 30 Thanksgivbe ‘adopting’ing and donating 31 Thanksgiving meals for friends at Conger Elementary in Delaware. 
-House Competition to collect items for the Dublin Food Pantry - December 17-21
-Through generous donations & their change drive, 3rd graders raised enough money to purchase Amazon wishlist items for Cape Fear Elementary & 29 winter coats for students affected by hurricane in Wilmington, NC!
 
Middle Schools
 
Davis
   -6th grade, various fundraisers to support the Buckeye Free Clinic in Sudan.
7th grade:
Language Arts: fleece blankets 
Columbus Oncology and Hematology (off Bethel Road)
Social Studies: cards to middle school students  
Northwoods Park Middle School in Jacksonville, NC
Math: pencils with inspirational messages 
Trexler Middle School in Richlands, NC
Science: items/activities  (calming bottles- students at Davis)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
-Eighth grade students will be supporting St. John's Largest Table and The Open Shelter again this year.  Students will be packing 100 sack lunches for The Open Shelter.  A group of around 20 students will be going to St. John's to help prepare and serve a community lunch at The Largest Table.  Many of the participants are homeless or marginally housed 
-PTO giveback- collecting socks & underwear (all sizes) for Welcome Warehouse, Dublin Bridges, Dublin Food Pantry.
-Over 75 fleece blankets created for Columbus Oncology and Hematology, over 1,000 pencils with messages and thoughts for students at Trexler Middle School, cards with encouraging words for students at Northwoods Park Middle School, and magazine cut outs to be used at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
 
Karrer:
   -7TH GRADE GIVING BACK PROJECT - OPERATION BUCKEYE
The 7th grade students are collecting items for soldiers through Operation Buckeye. Mr. Huesman shared a message from his son, Aaron, who is a former Karrer MS student and is currently at Fort Benning. We are collecting the following items to send to soldiers: Slim Jims, laundry detergent pods, boxes of dryer sheets, packages of toilet paper, envelopes, stamps, protein bars, and Gold Bond foot powder.  You may also visit www.operationbuckeye.org to see additional items. You may also make a monetary donation. Checks should be made payable to KMS PTO. Items should be turned into your student’s 4th period teacher. Thank you for your help!
-7TH GRADE GIVING BACK PROJECT - UNION COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
With the support of our 7th grade students, our 7th grade staff volleyball team won the KMS staff volleyball tournament on Monday, November 5. As a result of the donations from our students in all grade levels, we will be presenting the Union County Humane Society a donation of over $650 in December. They are also in need of any type of cat litter, paper towels, and postage stamps.  Items should be turned into your student’s 4th period teacher. Thank you for your help!
-7TH GRADE GIVING BACK PROJECT - EYEGLASSES & SUNGLASSES
The 7th grade students are collecting old eyeglasses and sunglasses to donate to the Lions Club program Lions Recycle for Sight.  These old eyeglasses/sunglasses frames are given to people in need.  Please look for the boxes around Karrer to donate or give them to any 7th grade teacher.  Thank you for your help!
-Our Student Council and Junior Teen Institute members are also giving back.
MOMM WINTER HATS, GLOVES, & MITTENS COLLECTION
WHEN:  We will be collecting these items from November 1 - 13
WHAT:  The Junior Teen Institute and the Student Council will be collecting new and gently used hats, gloves, and mittens for homeless and needy families for the holidays. Items may be adult and children's sizes.
WHERE:  A box will be placed in Mrs. Beekman’s room, 232.
WHY:  Because in central Ohio some families need help staying warm this winter.  We are blessed and have the opportunity to make an impact in someone’s life.  Other families are forced to live in tent camps and have no access to these items.  Please take some time to bring in something to help these families; every little bit helps.  We can make a difference!!!
Please encourage family and friends to help us make a difference!
**We will be taking these items to Mr. Snyder, Assistant Principal of Davis Middle School. He will make sure they make it to needy families in the area through the MoMM foundation. **
 
Grizzell:
   - Judy Whiting, parapro is volunteering on the evening of Election Day with the Franklin County Board of Elections who will make a donation to her charity choice - Operation Buckeye - an organization that sends non-perishables to active military service men and women.  
- Junior Teen Institute is adopting 5 damilies for the holidays
 
 
Sells: 
   - Students raised $200 for the Buckeye Clinic in Sudan
   - Staff members gave back to West Broad Elementary and made donations to their holiday store. #DCSgivesback 
   - The School wide reward program allows the students to earn “West Broad bucks” to purchase little toys or school supplies.  However, many children save their money for our holiday store. In December, the library transforms into a special place they can shop for their families.  
-500 students who will shop at the store this week. 
 
High Schools
 
Coffman:
   -The front offices have once again partnered to sponsor several families in need this holiday season in order to provide them with a Christmas.
      -Spanish 2 classes with Mrs. Curtis are donating to award microfinance loans to those in need in Latin America to create a safer and more sustainable future for the families.
      -Environmental Club and Clean Water Club partnered with the Thirst Project and Zest Juice Co to support efforts to provide clean, safe drinking water for life for the country of Swaziland.
      -Coffman HS Drama Students collected hundreds of cans of food for the Dublin Food Pantry on Halloween as part of the International Thespian Society's "Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat" program.
      -Coffman Interact Club along with Teen Institute and National Honor Society collected can goods and toiletries for the Dublin Food Pantry and the Lifecare Alliance.
      -Coffman Interact put together snack bags for the families at the Ronald McDonald House.
      -Coffman Interact and the Dublin AM Rotary baking dog biscuits to support Canine Companions for Independence
Coffman Key Club
- Red Kettle Bell rangfor the Salvation Army, 12/7 from 4-8 @ the Kroger on Bridge Street
- Collecting new toys to be donated to Toys for Tots
- The Basketball Teams wrapped gifts after practice for those in need
 
Jerome:
   -On our 11/6 safety inservice day, we hosted a “cereal bar” for breakfast where staff members from Jerome, Karrer, and Grizzell brought in a box of cereal to share for breakfast. All 82 leftover unopened boxes of cereal (and 5 gallons of milk) will be donated to the Dublin Food Pantry.
      - The Interact Club collected leftover Halloween candy donations for Operation Gratitude. The candy became part of care packages sent to soldiers on active duty overseas. 
      - Students in Physical Science classes donated S’mores ingredients so others can enjoy a treat during the holiday season 
      - The staff of Jerome collected 4 paper boxes full of bars of soap to donate to the Welcome Warehouse at our Dec. 5 staff meeting.
      -Jerome Student Council members made “Santa” phone calls to young children around the community
 
 
Scioto:
   - Scioto students collected nearly 4,700 pounds of food for the Dublin Food Pantry during Trick or Treat so Tots Can Eat on Halloween. Scioto students will hold a fundraiser.
      - Family Consumer Science students are creating gingerbread houses for "Holly Days", where houses will be sponsored to raise funds for cancer research. The Gingerbread Showcase houses were made by Global Gourmet students working on 21st Century skills. FCCLA and ACS Youth Ambassadors Clubs collaborated with Our Cupcakery to have the fundraising event of the Showcase.  Houses are displayed asking for donations to the American Cancer Society for favorite house and children's activities are planned to include making a graham cracker gingerbread house to take home.  Houses are sponsored by local businesses with a donation to the American Cancer Society.
      -Students are collecting and donating Toys for Tots in conjunction with our Marine Corps representative.
      - The CAFE Thrift is an event by Student Senate and PTO to support the students at Scioto but all Irish Nation school admin, guidance and nurses were invited to shop for students at their schools. In addition, left over items were donated to three different places.  Coats, for schools in downtown Columbus, local church and Goodwill.  
      -Students are making no-sew blankets in the Life Choices courses to be donated to Nationwide Children's Hospital. 
      -Senate is selling hot chocolate at #SenateShop to raise funds to go to Nationwide Children's Hospital.  
 
Emerald Campus:
-On Election Day, the Dublin Teacher Academy hosted its Annual Bake Sale at Scioto and raised $1,254.15! As part of their service learning for Ed Rising, they have purchased books for early-childhood students while celebrating the Nat’l Read for the Record Day, volunteered our time supporting local elementary community nights and currently will be holiday shopping for the Miracle of Mom’s Memory (MOMM) foundation to support local families in need during the holiday season.
-PATHS students prepared candles for Dublin Community Church for the holiday season and made fleece blankets for My Very Own Blanket 
-PATHS students made over 100 buckeye necklaces and 130 photo frame cards for patients and families for The James this holiday season
 
*The Transportation dept. donated over 160 new toys, 8 bikes (helmets provided by the Fire Department) and $250 in gift cards to the Washington Township Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive. This fall, the department raised $2000.00 for Honor Flight and Firefighters 4 Kids. 

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