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HOLIDAY PARADE "White Christmas" cast members participate in the Price Hill Thanksgiving Day parade. B1 Students’ art makes statement Jamie Schorsch said art has a long history of using social commentary as an agent of change or enlightenment. The Oak Hills High School art teacher and her fellow colleagues in the school’s art department organized a project Dec. 1 to help their students bring awareness to several social issues. “Art doesn’t have to look like the Sistine Chapel. It comes in a variety of mediums,” Schorsch said. “Art can be used to communicate effectively, not just be pretty.” Full story, A2 WESTERN HILLS 50¢ PRESS Your Community Press newspaper serving Addyston, Bridgetown, Cheviot, Cleves, Covedale, Dent, Green Township, Mack, Miami Township, North Bend, Westwood WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011 BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS Second-grader knits hats with love By Kurt Backscheider The only thing bigger than Kailey Ray’s heart is her ambition. The second-grader at Holy Family School in East Price Hill was inspired to help other young girls, so she started her own business to accomplish her goal. She is the founder of Kai’s Love Hats, a venture she’s using to help fund her plan to buy 100 American Girl dolls this holiday season for girls at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “It all started when I was little,” said Ray, who, at age 7, is now a seasoned veteran in the business world. “I cut off my ponytail for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths. I wanted to do more for others so I thought about it for a long time and this is what I’ve come up with.” With the help of her grandmother, Debbie Kayse, Ray knits hat sets for young girls and their dolls – one hat for the girl and a matching hat for her doll. She is selling the sets for $10 each, and all the proceeds go toward the purchase of American Girl dolls. “They’re very colorful when they’re done and they’re very, very beautiful,” Ray said of her knit hats. “They are awesome and fun to make.” Kayse, a Green Township resident who serves as the business manager at Holy Family, said she’s incredibly proud of her granddaughter and all she is doing to help others. “She works very hard. Instead of playing, she spends many of her nights knitting,” Kayse said. “She made me the president of production.” Ray, who has three American Girl dolls of her own – she saved up to purchase them herself, said she loves her dolls and believes every girl should have an American Girl doll. She said she and her family take a trip to the American Girl Place store in Chicago each spring so she can buy a new doll, and she wants other girls to experience the same joy the dolls bring her. The dolls she is buying for the girls at Cincinnati Children’s will come from the Chicago store. “I know they will love their new dolls as much as I love mine,” Ray said. “Hopefully it makes them feel a little better too. They might need some cheering up.” Kayse said anyone who wants more information or wants to or- Kailey Ray, a second-grader at Holy Family School, takes a break from knitting hats to talk about her new business venture, Kai's Love Hats. The 7-year-old is knitting and selling hat sets for girls and their dolls in an effort to raise money to purchase American Girl dolls for girls at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS der a hat set, can visit the Kai’s Love Hats page on Facebook. Ray said she looks forward to the day the dolls are delivered to girls at the hospital. “It makes me feel very, very proud and very, very happy,” she said. Oak Hills students help rehab center The Salvation Army, Oak Hills High School and Cincinnati Bengal defensive lineman Frostee Rucker teamed up to collect clothing to benefit the organization’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. This is the second year that Rucker has challenged the students at Oak Hills to collect as much clothing as possible to benefit The Salvation Army – last year, the students collected more than 26,000 articles of clothing. The Adult Rehabilitation Center operates two local Family Thrift Stores, the proceeds from which support the facility’s work with men recovering from substance abuse and other issues. Full story, A3 Share your news Have a great photo from your kid’s latest field trip? Trying to drum up publicity for your group’s event? Visit to submit your photos, news and events. It’s a one-stop-shop for submitting information to The Community Press, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and our other publications and websites. Contact The Press News .........................923-3111 Retail advertising ............768-8196 Classified advertising ........242-4000 Delivery ......................853-6263 See page A2 for additional information Vol. 84 No. 3 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Julia Kirby, a fifth-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes, won this year's essay contest organized by the Cheviot Westwood Community Association in conjunction with its sponsorship of the annual nativity in Cheviot. Kirby won a $75 gift certificate and the honor of flipping the switch to turn on the lights on the nativity during its dedication Sunday, Nov. 27. KURT BACKSCHEIDER/THE COMMUNITY PRESS Lourdes fifth-grader flips switch at Cheviot nativity By Kurt Backscheider Julia Kirby enjoys receiving gifts as much as anyone, but she knows family and friends are the real reason to be thankful this holiday season. The Our Lady of Lourdes fifth-grader poignantly captured the true meaning of the holidays in the essay she wrote for the contest the Cheviot Westwood Community Association sponsored in conjunction with its presentation of the annual Cheviot nativity. “I was surprised,” Kirby said about learning she was named this year’s contest winner. “But I was excited.” The Bridgetown resident’s touching essay won her the right to flip the switch to turn on the lights of the Cheviot nativity scene during its dedica- tion ceremony Sunday, Nov. 27. She also won a $75 gift certificate to Target and $250 for her school library to purchase new books. Despite the cold, rainy weather, Kirby said it was fun switching on the lights and reading her essay for the large crowd gathered in front of the nativity at the corner of Harrison and Washington avenues. “My friends from school came,” she said, noting Lourdes secretary Sister Greta Schmidlin and librarian Kathy Thom also attended the dedication to support her. Mary Kirby, Julia’s mother, said she didn’t know what her daughter wrote in the essay the reading at the dedication was the first time she and the rest of the Kirby family heard it and found out what she wrote. “We’re very proud of her,” she said. Mindy Sweeney, vice president of the Cheviot Westwood Community Association, said the group invited fifth-graders from six area schools to submit entries for this year’s essay contest. She said they were tasked with writing about what they are thankful for this holiday season. “Julia’s essay was cute because she wrote about how she looked back through a photo album and it brought memories of her family and friends,” Sweeney said. “She described how she is thankful for her family and friends and the people in her life. It wasn’t about all the materialistic things, it touched on home values.” Kirby said she actually did look through her favorite photo album for inspiration when writing the essay, and all the images made her think about how thankful she is for her two brothers, her parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends and how much she loves them. At the end of her essay she wrote, “I closed the photo album. I realize that my life is perfect and the people who are involved in my life make it complete. “That is what I’m thankful for this holiday season,” she wrote. Sweeney said the community association is pleased to be able to sponsor the nativity scene each year with proceeds from WestFest, and she’s happy a big crowd braved the wet weather this year to see the lights turned on and the nativity dedicated. “The nativity is a great tradition,” she said. “It’s a big deal for Cheviot.”


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