During the school’s
“Donut Day,” Tuesday morning, Lorain Historical Society
Executive Director Barb Piscopo and Volunteer Coordinator
Kay Lewandowski presented the check to Turnaround
Principal Megan Young and the school.
Piscopo said her
organization’s partnership with the school manifested itself
from the district’s monthly Community-Business-Schools
Partnership (C-B-S) meetings.
Looking to adopt a school,
Piscopo sent an open invitation to anyone looking for a special
someone who would help display the positivity within their
“Somebody once told me in
order to succeed in life, you just need to answer the phone and
open the mail,” Piscopo said.
Principal Young answered
In return, six staff
members and 70 volunteers from the Historical Society agreed to
forego their annual Christmas party and secret Santa gift
exchange, and instead donated their monetary contributions to
the adopted school to provide “goody bags for these vibrant
young students in our local community,” Piscopo added.
In recognition of their
high attendance rates and progress shown on the 2018-19 Ohio
State Tests, each scholar will receive a personalized drawstring
backpack from the non-profit organization, which will in turn be
filled with goodies by the school’s PTO members, Young said.
Bags are expected to
arrive at the school on Dec. 6, and be distributed to scholars
on Dec. 20, just in time for the holidays.
“They donated whatever
they could, so you could have a Christmas gift,” Piscopo said as
the crowd responded with thunderous applause. “Whether they gave
$5, or $100 or $50, it didn’t matter. They gave for you, to
recognize all of your achievements and all the things that you
have done to bring up your scores as Garfield Elementary.”