Area schools are taking the holiday season to the next level by helping others in need. Following is a list of holiday projects schools have completed or are in the process of completing.
The Buckeye Central National Honor Society had a food drive during the week of Dec. 16. Students collected around 300 cans.
Washington K-1 students assembled stockings for soldiers.
During December, the school supported DJ Kissell of Bloomville, who has leukemia. Kissell had a bone marrow transplant Dec. 20 at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Students are paying $1 to dress down. So far, they have raised around $3,000.
A 5K run was scheduled Dec. 28 in New Washington to help raise additional money for Kissell and the Kelley family. Kimberly Kelley was the hostage killed in the Dollar General shooting in Willard in October. Her youngest son is in eighth grade at Buckeye Central.
The Calvert Key Club is working with Columbian High School's Key Club to raise money for the Philippines disaster relief efforts.
Two stockings were donated filled with non-perishable items to be sent overseas for the military. The stockings were donated to Engle-Shook Funeral Home for its annual Stockings for Soldiers event.
Calvert also donated $3,000 to the Anna Angel family; $375 for Speakers on Abstinence and Chastity; $150 plus clothes, food and gift cards for the Rohrbach family that suffered a house fire; and $840 for families in need for Christmas.
The Drama Club at Carey High School ran the giving project "Frozen Toezen" for one week, collecting 68 hats, 70 pairs of gloves and 148 pairs of socks.
"We were very pleased with the outcome," said Drama Club Director Jennifer Hill.
Nov. 20-Dec. 13, the student organization Distributive Education Clubs of America sponsored "Toys for Children."
Dec. 5, kindergarten through third graders presented their Christmas program and conducted a coat drive at that event.
High School Student Council conducted a canned food drive in November. Donations were delivered to the Sycamore United Church of Christ food pantry.
Student Council also collected Christmas cards to deliver to stationed military personnel as part of the Red Cross' Holiday Mail for Heroes.
Twenty-nine families were given Christmas through the Mohawk-sponsored Giving Tree. In addition, the school is now sponsoring a "Hat and Glove" tree.
The Family Career Community Leaders of America adopted two children, a 3-year old girl and a 5-year old boy, and spent $125 for each child.
The group is to also shop and pack stockings for the Cherry Street Mission in Toledo.
Third- and fourth-graders participated in the St. Jude's Math-a-Thon.
Junior High Student Council chose to host an "Add a Bow" Community Hospice Tree this Christmas season.
The students also have been present at sporting events and have sold
them before school and during lunch periods.
Junior High Student Council also prepared care packages to send to soldiers. Student Colton Fleure performed a concert for grades 3-12 during their lunch periods. During the concert, students collected donations to purchase items and postage to send the packages.
Junior High Student Council collected donations for The Salvation Army outside the Friendship Station in Attica. The students collected $317.16.
Students who participated in the collections were Brock Martin, Courtney Heiser, Colt Fleure, Mallory Beamer, Allisa Daniel, Alexis Wise, Kayla Snavely, Ally Bridgford, Emily Reer, Hailey Wolfe, Collan Martin, Trevor Schaffer, Thomas Lynch, Emily Bollinger, Andy Bauman and Alivia Lucius.
High School Student Council collected donations in Republic at the Aichholz Marathon station for The Salvation Army. Students collected $319.78.
The annual project Caring for Kids 2013, sponsored by St. Wendelin's National Honor Society, ran Oct. 21-Dec. 13.
During that time, students collected 237 cans of food, 95 toiletries and cleaning supplies; 73 hats; 66 pairs of mittens or gloves; 54 dry goods; 49 scarves; 32 presents; four sweatshirts; two pairs of socks; one fleece outfit; and one coat, to be donated to
En Camino and St. Vincent dePaul Society.
Washington K-1 Elementary participated in the Stockings for Soldiers with Engle-Shook Funeral home. The students filled 87 stockings.
The staff also donated $100 to Toys for Tots.
Krout 2-3 Elementary students conducted an Ohio State vs. Michigan Food Battle, with a total of 305 items collected.
They also participated in a Holiday Giving Tree. More than 100 gloves, mittens and scarves were donated. All food and clothing items are to be donated to The Salvation Army.
Krout teacher Melissa Cimo and her class have written letters and cards to a second-grade girl in Indiana, Gabbie Sejas. Gabbie has a neurological disorder called nuerofibromatosis, which causes tumors to grow anywhere on her body and causes developmental delays and behaviors similar to autism. Gabbie felt left out at school because she wasn't receiving cards from other students.
At Noble 4-5 Elementary, faculty and staff donated $100 to "Shop with a Cop." During spirit week, students donated 25 cents to wear a hat, with $91 being collected and donated to the United Way.
K-Kids had a collection for "Red Cross Relief in the Philippines," during which $700 was raised. A food drive also was conducted, and 500 items were collected and donated to The Salvation Army.
The advanced art class at Columbian High School held a toy drive in support of the Tiffin firefighters. For the drive, 169 toys were collected.
Tiffin Middle School's PTO donated 30 holiday meals to TMS families. Student Council bought six TMS students gifts for Christmas. Student Council also collected 1,100 cans of food for The Salvation Army; and the school donated $100 for the "Shop with a Cop" program.
More than $1,300 was raised to purchase 156 hams to be donated to The Salvation Army.