Across our Learning Community, students and staff are providing for those in need this time of year. From canned food drives to toy and clothing donations, New Albany students from all buildings are doing great things to make a positive impact.
Once again this year, New Albany staff took part in a pledge drive benefiting the United Way of Central Ohio. Teachers and staff donated a total of $11,753.50, a 29 percent increase in giving from the 2011 total. In addition, total participation increased by 11 percent. United Way donations help support strategic, coordinated efforts in the areas of education, income, health, and home. Click here to learn more about the United Way of Central Ohio.
New Albany High School
- Warm and Fuzzies Coat Drive – Held from Monday, December 10th through Thursday, January 31st, the goal of the coat drive House Competition is to collect new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves and new socks for families in need this winter season.
- New Albany High School Fights Hunger – Students in Parke House made sack lunches to be delivered to a local homeless shelter, helping to combat hunger.
New Albany Middle School
Middle Schoolers are currently taking part in the annual “Most Giving Grade” contest. Items being collected include breakfast items such as cereal, granola bars and oatmeal, as well as canned fruits, canned meats and tuna. Donations will benefit the New Albany Village Coalition Against Hunger. The grade level with the most donations will be declared this year’s Most Giving Grade. The title is currently held by the class of 2018, which is this year’s seventh graders.
New Albany Elementary Schools – K-5
- The NAES Student Council is coordinating both a food drive and a toy drive to benefit central Ohio families in need. Donations of canned foods and new, packaged toys are being collected at the New Albany 2-5 Elementary buliding.
- Students in Mrs. Haire and Mrs. Jehnzen’s third grade classes have made tie blankets as part of their Social Studies Alive curriculum. Donated to Children’s Hospital and local maternity wards, the small blankets provide kids with comfort and families with a warm way to bring their newborns home for the first time.
- Also a part of the third grade Social Studies Alive curriculum, elementary students are taking part in a new service-learning project called Penny Harvest. An educational program created by the not-for-profit Common Cents, Penny Harvest engages students in youth philanthropy with a goal of developing their generosity and moral character. Nationally, the program has raised over $5 million since the program’s inception.