Students in Newark learn a lesson in giving

December 22, 2011 by  

Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students at Granville Intermediate School in Newark recently learned a lesson about giving to others. Kids collected toys to give to children of veterans and active duty members of the military who are currently serving overseas.

Individuals and organizations interested in forming fundraisers, toy drives, or other activities can help organize and advertise the events by printing up a flyer, printing posters, and distributing them throughout the community. The Christmas season is a wonderful time for fundraisers and other such activities. Printing companies may also be able to provide banner printing or other printing services if needed.

A fourth grade teacher at the school, Diana Parini, said that she got the idea from reading about Marine Corps veteran, Todd Martin, in the newark Advocate this past September. The article detailed how Martin started an organization called “United We Stand” to assist troops and their families living in the area. In 2007, Martin purchased a large, 10-wheel deuce and a military truck for use in the organization. Parini got the idea to team up with Martin and collect toys for area children of veteran’s and members of the military currently serving in active duty. On December 9, fourth through sixth graders at the Granville Intermediate School filled the trucks with toys they had collected. The toys were taken to the Licking County Veteran Service Commission, located in Newark, to be distributed to children of veterans, both active and inactive.