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Morning Sun
  • TROJAN TRIBUNE: USD 248 embraces the spirit of giving

  • As the holiday season has commenced, so have the efforts of USD 248 schools and staff to assist those in need.



    The charitable actions that took place in the district were done as club and class projects and schoolwide activities.

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  • As the holiday season has commenced, so have the efforts of USD 248 schools and staff to assist those in need.
    The charitable actions that took place in the district were done as club and class projects and schoolwide activities.
    At GHS, under the direction of Kayla Pruitt and Robyn O’Malley, Kayettes participated in two holiday service projects. On Dec. 4 they celebrated their annual Christmas party, and this year instead of bringing gifts for each other, they brought gifts to donate to St. Michael’s Angel Tree, KKOW’s Operation Santa and local families in need.
    Mrs. Pruitt said, “Since Kayettes is an organization focused on service, we decided to do a toy drive instead of a gift exchange like we’ve done in the past. I was really impressed with how our members embraced this new idea.”
    Kayettes also sponsored a charity basket challenge for GHS seminar classes. Each seminar made a basket consisting of items from blankets and towels to gift cards and food. After being judged the baskets were donated to the Girard Ministerial Alliance.
    Students Against Destructive Decisions sponsored two families through the “Adopt a Family” program.
    Officers and sponsor Robyn O’Malley wrapped the toys and clothes and delivered them to the families Dec. 18.
    Future Business Leaders of America, sponsored by Kelly Burnick, also participated in “Adopt a Family.”
    Members bought gifts and clothing for a family of five and will deliver the gifts Dec. 20.
    The Trojan Tribune Staff, Mary Jane Dent and Edna Waldren also bought gifts and food items for a local family they adopted.
    District counselors Trish Denham and Marilyn Hey worked with these various groups to coordinate the holiday assistance for families.
    At GMS, Mrs. Denham sponsored two schoolwide projects. The students participated in a campaign to raise money for the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots program. Students had the opportunity to drop loose change and money into containers, and the money was then donated to the Girard American Legion Post 494 for the Toys for Tots program.
    In addition to raising money, GMS students were also encouraged to bring toys and gifts for the December House Wish List. On Dec. 20 Mrs. Denham will travel with several students to the Ronald McDonald House in Joplin to deliver the gifts.
    GMS students also participated in the 24th annual Project Care campaign over a two-week time period prior to Thanksgiving. During the two weeks, students collected cans and money to donate to the Girard Ministerial Alliance for distribution to families in need. This year students collected $4,594 and 4,943 units of food.
    At RVH, kindergarten classes will be caroling at the Heritage Nursing Home, the Water Street Apartments and West Ridge Retirement Community Dec. 21.
    Page 2 of 2 - USD 248 employees and Board of Education members attended a Christmas dinner Dec. 18 where they donated to the USD 248 Board of Education Scholarship, which will be awarded to a GHS senior in the spring.
    Regarding all of the charitable acts done by the district, Superintendent Blaise Bauer said, “This community has an understood belief that we take care of those who may be less fortunate than others. This philosophy is alive and well with our students, who truly take this concept to heart and understand how charity fits into the community-school relationship. I have been very proud to see how our students step up and make a difference for those in need, a mindset that is a reflection of our community which is conveyed into our schools.”
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