Kenton High School Students and Staff “Paying It Forward” in a Variety of Ways.

How can one ordinary person — you or me — make a positive difference in this world? One way is the practice “Paying It Forward.” As the principal of Kenton High School, I am extremely proud of how our students and staff members are actively involved in many different community service and fund-raising projects to support charitable endeavors. Coach Woody Hayes’ motto of “Paying It Forward” is alive and well at KHS. Here are some examples of the activities students and staff have been involved in this school year.
*The National Honor Society members participated in a Toy Drive at Christmas and collected and delivered a vanload of toys to Helping Hands of Kenton. They also collected used cell phones that were then reprogrammed and sent overseas for use by our military personnel. Their final service activity was “Project Linus” in which they donated yarn and made blankets for needy children.
*Students in Mrs. Hiller’s class made and donated cookies for Hardin Central Elementary’s annual Tail Gate Party.
*The KHS Leadership Team organized the annual Food Drive in November in which the students and staff donated over 550 food items and $150 in cash to the local Helping Hands Food Pantry.
*Mrs. Crates’ Life Skills class has developed a school wide recycling program. We now recycle our paper, plastic, and aluminum cans throughout the building. She has worked with the Kenton City Sanitation department to obtain recycling bins and has located them in every classroom and office area. Plastic and aluminum receptacles are placed in the cafeteria for collection. All recyclables are transported to the local recycling vendor on a weekly basis.
*The FCA chapter and their advisor, Mr. Dudek, sponsored a Hat and Glove Tree during Christmas time. They collected winter hats and gloves for needy children in the community.
*Our second annual Pennies For Patients drive was a huge success. We are waiting to hear word from Huntington Bank, but are positive we have exceeded last year’s total of $1220. This event involves students bringing in pennies (as well as other denominations) in an attempt to “stall” their teacher’ from teaching that day’s lesson. The teachers may not begin class until they have counted all of the money, one penny at a time. One staff member collected over $100 in one class period! This took place during the week of March 9th through 13th and a different class period was used each day. These proceeds will be used for Cancer research. The staff also contributed by donating over $175.
*The annual Red Cross Blood Drive also exceeded last year’s total. This year our students and staff members donated 57 pints of blood. A total of 68 people attempted to give blood that day.
*A group of students approached Mrs. Cole, our librarian, about donating old and rarely used books to create an Independent Learning Center in Kentingan, Indonesia. They have collected and shipped several boxes of books for this project sponsored by Angela Brown, English Language Fellow, through the Sebelas Maret University.
*The annual Hardin Memorial Hospital Walk For Your Health Fitness Walk is coming up in May. This activity is supported by other schools, as well as many students and staff members at KHS.
*On several occasions throughout this school year, our students and staff have participated in fund-raising activities for Paul Heilman and his family. He was a great educator and wonderful role model who will always be missed. A memorial scholarship has been established through the Kenton Excellence in Education Foundation in his honor.
Rick Abbott,
Principal,
Kenton High School

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