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Gray students raise $5,000 for needy families

By Justin B. Duke

UNION — Thirteen needy families got a special Christmas this year. The Gray Middle School Student Council raised nearly $5,000 to buy Christmas presents for families they adopted. “It’s unbelievable,” said Kara Nixon, student council sponsor. The money was raised by simply putting donation boxes in classrooms where students could drop off money. Gray has collected money for adopted families in the past, but this is the most money they’ve ever raised. Nixon credits the feat to a strong effort from the school’s newcomers. “The sixth grade did amazing,” she said. The students supported 12 families and the 13th family was adopted by Beckman Coulter, a business in Hebron, after they enjoyed doing it so much last year, Nixon said. “It’s really a community effort,” she said. The families were found through the school and community contacts. “They’re all Boone County families,” Nixon said. The money was able to go even a little further thanks to discounts from Walmart and J.C. Penny, she said. The end result was completely fulfilled wish lists for all of the families. The Gray community didn’t

Gray Middle School student Austin Bragg puts the finishing touches on his wrapping job. THANKS OT KARA NIXON

When it comes to wrapping presents, it takes teamwork for Gray Middle Schoolers Olivia Hinton, left, and Katherine Horsford. THANKS TO KARA NIXON just stop at donating money. A dozen parents called Nixon asking if they could volunteer to help with the shopping and 35 students showed up to help wrap all

Gray Middle School students Katherine Horsford, left, and Olivia Hinton team up to wrap presents. THANKS TO KARA NIXON

Students help child in chemo By Justin B. Duke

UNION — As winter break approaches, students’ minds aren’t often on how to help their teachers. But students at Mann Elementary School were quick to lend a hand. Each year, Cheryl Coyle’s fourth-grade glass does a service learning project as part of an economics unit. “They start a business to raise money for a charity,” Coyle said. Students decided to raise the money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center because Ella Reid Mason, daughter of Mann first-grade teacher Jamie Mason, is receiving chemotherapy there. Ella Reid was supposed to start

the presents they bought. “They are just generally a caring community,” Nixon said.

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Morgan Adams, student at Gray Middle School, shows off her wrapping skills. THANKS TO KARA NIXON

Bizzy Schumacher, left, and Lille Tucker, both members of Gray Middle School's Student Council wrap presents for adopted families. THANKS TO KARA

Gray Middle Schoolers Emily huff, left, and Charlotte Kidd take a break from gift wrapping. THANKS



Rotary hosts teacher of year By Pam Goetting Contributor

Would you like to thank a teacher who encouraged you during school? Would you like to recognize a teacher who impacted the education of your child? Would you like to publicly honor a teacher who inspires and motivates others? Here’s your opportunity. The Florence Rotary Club is currently seeking nominations for 2012 Boone County Teacher of Mann Elementary fourth-graders present a check to Megan Boesing from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. THANKS TO CHERYL COYLE the Year awards. The club will recognize three teachers for exkindergarten at Mann this year, tised, manufactured and deliv- emplary service in their profesbut had to delay school because of ered their product. her treatment. They made 1,500 Elf Pops, but Mason’s brother Will is in weren’t prepared for the demand. Coyle’s class. After selling out, they had to The connection to a classmate make 600 more and sold 2,100 Elf and teacher motivated the stu- Pops. Three Boone County students dents, Coyle said. In the end, the class was able to were recognized as high-achiev“It makes it more personal,” raise $700 for the hospital which ing senior applicants at Thomas she said. will use the money to provide toys More College’s annual Evening of Students decided to sell Elf and other items to make stays at Excellence on Dec. 6 at SteigerPops, Tootsie Pops decorated like the hospital more enjoyable for wald Hall. elves, and called their business other children. St. Henry’s Rachel Blades of Ella’s Elves. Hebron, Ryle’s Logan Brown of Students took charge and de- For more about your community, visit Union and Conner’s Taylor Strohveloped a business plan, adver- maier of Burlington were hon-

sional and community roles. Any teacher currently employed by a Boone County public, private or parochial school is eligible to be nominated, and nominations can be submitted by any community member. For additional information and the nomination form, visit the Rotary Club website, www.florencerotar or contact Gary Wilmhoff at 859-6203205. Applications will be available through Feb. 17, 2012, and will be reviewed by a committee of Rotary Club members, community leaders and retired educators.

High-achieving applicants honored ored and had the opportunity to interact with TMC President Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, faculty members and current students. The keynote speaker for the evening was Joe Cordonnier, a 2001 graduate of TMC and current teacher at Villa Madonna Academy.


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