Season of Giving 2016

Our student body has been very busy making the holidays special for members of our community. Each building level found ways to spread holiday cheer and we are appreciative of the student’s hard work. Thank you to every teacher, student, and family that took the time to make the holidays brighter for so many people!

Firelands Elementary School

Not Forgotten Box:

Students and staff donated to the Not Forgotten Box. They provided new toys, books and games. Items were distributed through The Chronicle Telegram’s Not Forgotten Box program.


Ornament Raffle:

Mrs Proehl organized and created beautiful hand made ornaments that were raffled off at the FES Christmas concert. Twenty-five ornaments were offered during the raffle. The money raised from the raffle went to FES families that are experiencing financial needs.


Food Drive:

A food drive was organized by the 5th grade in time for the holiday season. This year the students challenged other classes to see what group could collect the most food! The ambitious group of students collected 1,651 pounds of food that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank! Read the full article here!


South Amherst Middle School

Food Baskets:

Food items were donated by the 6th grade student body and staff members to feed 30 local families at Thanksgiving. Traditional Thanksgiving meals, complete with pies, were passed out to local families.



Support the Troops:

Care packages were created to honor the SSG. James P. Hunter Foundation. James, a Firelands graduate, was lost in the line of duty. Items collected were sent to wounded soldiers and current active duty military members.


Not Forgotten Box:

The National Junior Honor Society Students ran the Not Forgotten Box at SAMS.  They provided over 140 new toys, books and games. Items were distributed through The Chronicle Telegram’s Not Forgotten Box program.


Watch a Game and Support our Families:

Food donations for admission was offered at the 7th and 8th grade boys basketball game in December, 2016. All donations were given to the first United Methodist Church of South Amherst. The church assists 80 local families every month.


Firelands High School

FFA Christmas Families:

This annual tradition started in 1977. Donations were raised to help make Christmas special for 5 Firelands children. FFA students created lists and gathered together in early December to shop for each of the sponsored children. Each gift was then wrapped for delivery.


Watch a Game and Support our Families:

Food for admission was also offered at the Girls basketball game in December, 2016. These donations were also given to the first United Methodist Church of South Amherst.



FFA Harvest for America Food Drive:

2000 pounds of food was received as part of the Firelands FFA food drive! This annual tradition continues to make a large impact on the current needs of our community.


FFA Letters of Appreciation:

Over 400 letters of gratitude and wishes for Happy Holidays we sent to the Florence, Camden, and South Amherst Fire Departments and the Lorain County Sherriff’s Department.


Student Council:

Penny Wars, candy cane sales and raffle baskets at the boys basketball games all brought in funds to donate to the Promise Keepers Charity. Our Student Council members worked hard with all of these items to ensure a great donation.

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In addition, they assisted with the Family Promise Christmas Party which brought additional Christmas Cheer to many children.


Performing Arts:

Not included in the list above is all of our bands, choirs and music students. Students in each buildings spent many hours perfecting songs to help spread holiday cheer. Here is a partial list of the venues that our talented students performed at during this holiday season:

  • The Live Nativity at Grace Lutheran
  • The Amherst Rotary
  • Kalahari Resort
  • Opening Act for The Christmas Carol in Cleveland
  • Kendal at Oberlin
  • Tree lightnings and caroling in South Amherst
  • The Sandusky Mall
  • The Holiday Preview for senior citizens and retired FLSD staff members
  • Boys Basketball games




Thank you Firelands for your service and commitment to our community! We are truly fortunate to have such a caring student body. Merry Christmas to all.