Each holiday season our students support various organizations. This year was no exception as we had groups from all three buildings that worked hard to share kindness. Thank you to each student, advisor and parent who supported these holiday drives. Please keep reading to learn how the different groups supported our community and beyond this year!
Firelands Elementary School
FES: Not Forgotten Box
The students of FES once again supported the Chronicle Telegram’s Not Forgotten Box. They collected 600 new toys, books, games, stuffed animals, art supplies, etc for babies, children, and teens of all ages. The collection ended on December 12th.
FES: Food Drive
A huge thank you to all of Firelands Elementary School families for donating to the food drive. FES was able to donate over 2000 pounds of foods to Second Harvest Food Bank. This donation helps to provide 1850 meals to families during the holidays.
FES Ornament Raffle:
Art Teacher, Mrs. Proehl, once again created handmade ornaments to be raffled off. The raffle will take place at the December winter concert at FES. Money raised will benefit children in need this holiday season.
South Amherst Middle School
SAMS: Troop Drive
The Falcon Leadership and Character students collected 2,558 items to send in care packages for our troops stationed overseas this holiday season. This drive was a way to celebrate our troops and the memory of FHS graduate, Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter. James died while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010.
In addition to the items collected, students and staff sent many handwritten cards and letters of appreciation and support, to be included with the packages.
SAMS: Toy Drive
The National Jr Honor Society members sponsored a toy drive at SAMS with a goal of 200 toys and received over double the goal with over 400 toys donated to the Not-Forgotten Box in Lorain County. The above picture shows just some of the donated items!
SAMS: Winter Clothing Drive
The students in the Falcon Leadership Class organized and ran a winter clothing drive. Students collected hats, gloves, coats, boots, pants and shirts for students in need in our district and beyond. Students Bella and Olivia ran the drive and provided a wonderful write up for all to read. Please click below to learn about the Falcon Leadership Class and the Winter Clothing Drive. FLC Clothing Drive 12 18
Read the article from The Morning Journal on this class and their acts of kindness here!
SAMS Thanksgiving Baskets
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one” Mother Teresa. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sickness, nor time or even lack of money could stop the 6th grade students and the FAA from their eighth annual Thanksgiving Service Project. Those obstacles only made the service project that much sweeter this year. Mrs. Finnegan’s FFA students from FHS came to SAMS on Tuesday, November 5th to teach the students the real definition of hunger along with the statistics related to hunger on a daily basis. This was the first part of the 6th Grade Service Project that does a small part to help raise awareness for hunger in our district. The sixth grade students along with local families, churches and businesses provided the food for the baskets. Finally, more than 30 Thanksgiving Food Baskets were delivered on Thursday, November 15th. A huge THANK YOU to all that helped make this a Firelands Family Thanksgiving, especially students, staff, members of First United Methodist Church & Church of Open Door Vermilion Campus!
Sometimes it really does take a “village”. Your generosity continues to help educate our students on the importance of giving back to our community.
Firelands High School
TLC Toy Drive
The members of The Teen Leadership Committee ran a toy drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. A world where all children have access to medical care, and their families are supported and actively involved in their children’s care.
Pictured above are TLC students with just some of the donated toys. This is the last running toy collection drive at FLSD. This collection will end on December 20, 2018, and the public is welcome to send in items.
FFA: Adopt a Family
For over four decades, Firelands FFA members have sponsored families in need in our district and purchased gifts for Christmas for the children of those families. This year 9 kids from 5 families will receive both gifts of needs and wants for Christmas. All funds were collected in ag students’ classes over the past two weeks. Thank you to all that donated and to all that came to shop!
FFA: Christmas Cards
FFA members wrote Christmas cards with messages of gratitude to our local first responders. We are thankful for all that serve their communities and country!
Tri-M Music Honor Society:
Tri-M Music Society members graced Kendal in Oberlin with singing and playing of carols to the residents. In addition, last month they brought in over 500 can goods to give to Second Harvest Food Bank.
FHS Art Society:
It had been a dream of the Art Society President Sarah Drury to one day see the Firelands Memory Garden courtyard decorated for the holidays. She mobilized the members to make or collect decorations. The group met Dec. 11 afterschool to hang ornaments, and bird feeders and drape ribbons on the trees to spread holiday cheer and visual joy to the school. Look for the silver and gold paint brushes. Thanks to Jacqui Hogan, Kaya Loyd, Kayla Palmer, Bailey Borer, Mike Durdak, Alex Krejci, Sarah Drury and Annie Tenorio.
FHS Select Choir
The Firelands High School Select Choir had an extremely busy month. The students worked hard and prepared a wonderful music library that was shared at many venues throughout December. The choir was able to share the gift of music at a walk through nativity, private clubs, senior citizen gatherings, churches, public shopping areas and so much more.
FHS Boys Basketball
The boys varsity basketball team supported five area kids this holiday season. They raised money and picked out items that the kids wanted and needed.
All District Holiday Preview
On December 6th, FLSD hosted it’s annual Holiday Preview for retired staff and local senior citizens. The morning included brunch and entertainment for over 150 guests.
4th grade music students from Firelands elementary opened the Preview with songs from their winter concert. The 8th grade choir and band students performed Christmas selections, joining the program for the first time. The FHS Jazz Band followed and the concert was concluded with the FHS Select Choir.
This year the Holiday Preview Art Exhibition included work from all three buildings! FHS Art Society students volunteered to set up and take down the display of 45 works. Thanks to the student volunteers! Art students designed the placemats that beautifully set the brunch tables. Program cover designs were created by art students as well.
Over 200 students worked to make this the best Holiday Preview to date! We wouldn’t have been able to hold such a large event without support from the Teen Leadership Corps of Firelands High School. These amazing students set up, assisted guests and tore down the gym. Their hard work is greatly appreciated.
In addition, we are grateful for our sponsors: The Friends of Firelands, The Amherst Eagles, The Gibson family, The Meszaros family, The Houdeshell family and The Kudela family. Thier donation allowed all of our guests to have brunch, favors and a little extra fun. The students who performed were treated to cider and donuts and students that were not able to be present received small tokens of appreciation.
Click below to see the program from the 2018 Holiday Preview!
Firelands Local Schools would like to thank each student and adult that participated in the many service learning projects. We appreciate our older students teaching our young Falcons about food shortages in our community and beyond. Our middle school students learned about the struggles that service personal have overseas during the holidays and did their best to support them. Art students shared their visual and performing talents with many groups of people in an effort to share kindness. Lastly, as a result of the successful drives, these kids continue to bring smiles to the faces of children and young adults experiencing health issues or family instability.
Congratulations on the success of each event! We appreciate the hard work as well as the learning experience for our Falcons. Well done, students!