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Holiday events abound at Olentangy

Gary Budzak gbudzak@civitasmedia.com

December 13, 2013

There are plenty of holiday happenings at the Olentangy Local Schools.

“Food drives, toy drives, coat drives, Giving Tree – this is only a small list of what we’re doing through the holidays,” Superintendent Wade Lucas said at the Board of Education meeting Thursday.

Among the schools involved were Hyatts Middle School, which had three events on Dec. 10: Volunteers served during Delaware County Habitat for Humanity’s Christmas party; concluded a penny-war collection benefiting local non-profit Patches of Light; and participated in Caroling for a Cause on behalf of Kinder Key Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

On Frida, separate toy drives for Children’s Hospital and Toys for Tots concluded at Freedom Trail Elementary School; a food drive for People In Need concluded at Alum Creek Elementary School; and a food drive for Cheshire families (via the Giving Tree) concluded at Cheshire Elementary School.

“It’s that spirit of giving, volunteering, doing for the less fortunate we’re trying to instill in our kids,” Lucas said. “We’re very proud of what our kids do and how they give back to the community.”

Last night, there was a “So-Parents-Can-Go-Finish Shopping” event at Glen Oak Elementary School. Students participated in games and other activities after they were dropped off by their parents. The students were watched over by teachers and administrators.

On Dec. 19, a holiday breakfast for bus drivers of Olentangy bus compound will be hosted by Johnny Cakes Elementary School. Also at Johnny Cakes, an annual campaign of creating hand-crafted rubber band bracelets for Children’s Hospital concludes.

“Along with that, we have many performances,” Lucas said. Among the concerts:

Olentangy Liberty High School’s choral groups will perform at 7:30 Dec. 14 in Powell United Methodist Church; Olentangy High School’s annual winter concert is at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the school theater; Liberty’s annual winter choir concert is at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in Powell UMC; Liberty Tree Elementary School’s Children’s Choir will perform at Scioto Reserve Country Club, 7383 Scioto Parkway, Powell; and community-invited sing-alongs take place Dec. 19 at Alum Creek and Cheshire.

“Check the website because I guarantee you, at a school near you, something’s happening regarding performances,” Lucas said.

For more information, visit www.olentangy.k12.oh.us.