WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014
PEOPLE | IDEAS | RECIPES
Cincinnati Country Day School sophomore Nathan Grant, left, takes comments from freshmen Will Swinton and Derek Yardley on their pizza preferences. Grant organized an Everyone Loves Pizza Club to share pizza with his classmates and the community. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Students share their
PIZZA PASSION By Forrest Sellers firstname.lastname@example.org
Cincinnati Country Day School sophomore Ben Paff, of West Price Hill, chows down on a slice of pepperoni pizza. Paff is a member of the school's Everyone Loves Pizza Club, which reviews local pizza restaurants and also delivers pizzas to various charitable organizations. FORREST SELLERS/THE COMMUNITY PRESS
Call it pizza with purpose. A Cincinnati Country Day School club regularly gathers to review pizzas as well as provide community outreach. Sophomore Nathan Grant, who is a resident of Loveland, formed the Everyone Loves Pizza Club at the beginning of the school year. “I love pizzas,” said Grant, adding that he wanted to share his passion for pizza not only with classmates, but individuals in special situations. VIDEO: Spend some time with the Everyone Loves Pizza Club. Grant said he got the idea for the club while visiting his twin brother, Nik, at an area hospital. Nik, who has a genetic disorder called Hunter syndrome, was a patient at the hospital.
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Grant said he noticed his brother and the other patients had a limited selection of food items and were pretty much restricted to the hospital menu. However, at one point a restaurant delivered pizzas to the patients and as the pizzas were brought in the patients were cheering, said Grant. With this in mind he came up with an idea for the club. Each week members order pizza from a different restaurant and then review the pizza in a variety of categories ranging from taste to presentation. At the end of the semester the students choose their favorite pizza to deliver to an area organization serving the ill or needy. Grant said he and his classmates deliver the pizzas personally. In December, they delivered pizzas to the Stepping Stones facility in Indian Hill.
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Grant said he was touched by how gracious the recipients were to receive pizzas. “I think it’s a nice thing to do,” said sophomore Jonah Ice, who lives in Milford. “We get to have a fun time eating pizza and do something (positive) for the community.” Sophomore Abby Bryant, of Anderson Township, agreed. “There are so many (people) in a rough situation that something as simple as delivering a pizza can make their day,” she said. Grant said he hopes to eventually deliver pizzas to the same hospital where his brother was a patient.