Article: Giving at Bellbrook Schools Becomes a Way of Life

Giving at Bellbrook Schools Becomes a Way of Life

Posted Monday, December 19, 2022

Bellbrook Schools are the heart of the Bellbrook community. Each year the students at the high school go above and beyond in order to help support Bellbrook-Sugarcreek and the greater Dayton region by raising money, collecting goods, volunteering their time, and donating the gift of life during the blood drive.

This is especially important during the holiday season. The district is extremely proud of the generosity of its students and dedication to the City of Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township.

“It is truly remarkable to me to see how much giving is a part of the fabric of our school district and the high school specifically,” Bellbrook High School principal Dave Hann said. “While the students do amazing work in coordinating these programs and giving of their time, the community really supports the work and we couldn’t be more grateful.” 

This year, the Class of 2026 coordinated the yearly Teacher Turkey contest and donated the proceeds to the Unverferth House on the Ohio State campus. Unverferth House was a temporary home away from home for a heart transplant patient and their Bellbrook High School family at the OSU Wexner Medical Center this fall. 

The National Honor Society volunteered at Christmas in the Park and also raised money through a bake sale to support the community resource center.

Our HOSA (Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) chapter held its Winter Blood Drive on December 5. BHS Students and staff donated 52 units of blood. Each donation can save up to three lives. 

The Gay/Straight Alliance Pride & Diversity Club held a food drive for Daybreak Dayton and teamed with “The Other TP” to provide feminine hygiene products and candy for David's Place, which provides emergency housing for LGBTQ youth. 

Mrs. Enderson's room collected cat and dog food, treats, toys, blankets, collars and leashes and donated them to the Greene County Animal Shelter in their annual Santa Paws drive. 

The Kindness Club collected food for the Bellbrook Community Resource Center, pulling in over 250 items The club also created Holiday Cards for local Retirement Communities.

The weekend of December 12, Supportive Peers hosted a Christmas event for students in the District’s special education program, which included crafts, games, a petting zoo, magic show, and pictures with Santa and an unusually large elf.

The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) hosted a Holiday Carnival on Dec. 18. The event was geared toward younger children and featured games, crafts, music and bake sale items. 

“I know our students gain so much by serving our community and we are blessed to have so many students and staff members willing to give of themselves to make it an even better place,” Hann said. 

The high school, of course, isn’t the only entity that gives back to the community. The middle school, BCI and Stephen Bell each have giving campaigns, too. 

Infact in the 2021-22 school year, Stephen Bell raised more than $28K for the Kids Heart Challenge; BCI raised more than $24K between the Pumpkin Auction and the Health Moves Minds Challenge and 55% of seventh graders at the middle school took part in service learning projects that either donated time or money to various local entities.

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