Goshen Middle School students received a challenging assignment in December. Teachers asked the students to collect 200 toys for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots program.
The task, however demanding, was well received.
Students were seen making the rounds each day in December, pushing a cart to collect toys. And each day the cart was overflowing.
"I never expected to see so many toys from the school,'' said Sgt. Greg Miller, in charge of the Marines' program. "The students should be very proud.''
After two weeks of collections, the final count was 900 toys.
"The staff at Goshen is very proud that the students could have such overwhelming success,'' said Principal Troy Smith. "We especially thank the students, parents and the community for their generosity.''
Neglected kids 'adopted'
It was a good case for local law firms to take on with the main evidence being generosity.
Led by Mike Miller, chairman of the Graydon Head & Ritchey Community Service Team, the firm "adopted" 110 abused and neglected children on behalf of ProKids and donated $2,700 worth of gifts.
Tanya Hubanks, an attorney with Fifth Third Bank and a member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association, organized the campaign to help ProKids.
ProKids is a non-profit agency dedicated to ensuring a safe, permanent and nurturing home for every child.
About 300 children reside there and are the subject of child-protection cases in Hamilton County Juvenile Court.
Smuckers helps elderly
Fortune magazine has reported that J.M. Smucker Co., the jam and jelly maker with a local office in St. Bernard, is among the best places to work.
Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly think the employees are also a good crowd to hang out with after a holiday get-together with 23 staff members from the local office.
The employees arrived on Christmas Day, helping the Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly prepare breakfast and deliver, set up and decorate Christmas trees for the elderly.
Academic All-Stars: Scholarship winner
Ryan Connair received a full-tuition President's Scholarship to the University of Dayton. The AP Scholar with Distinction also received a National Merit Scholarship.
The Turpin High School graduate is the son of Jan and Dennis Connair of Anderson Township.
Makes dean's list
Computer programming major Steven Ruebel was named to the Southern Ohio College summer quarter dean's list. He is the son of Debbie Steiner of Springfield Township and Mike Ruebel of Wyoming.
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Saluting Our Soldiers: Commissioned
Ellinore Suss has graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. Suss is a graduate of Ursuline Academy and Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.
These airmen have graduated from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas:
Aaron Henderson, son of Sandra Henderson of West Chester Township; Paul Schrenk, Oak Hills High School graduate and son of Veronica and Steve Schrenk of Mack; Kevin Schulte, Hamilton High School graduate and son of Morgan Roberts of Loveland; Anthony Topicz, an Indian Hill High School graduate; Joseph Carucci, Mason High School graduate and son of Joan and John Carucci of Mason; Joseph Slaughter, Withrow High School graduate and son of Kathleen and John Slaughter of Silverton; and Matthew Steelman, Archbishop McNicholas High School graduate and son of Jesse Steelman of Anderson Township.
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