Sharonville Elementary raises money for a worthy cause

December 12, 2013 by  

Sharonville Elementary School in Cincinnati held its annual ‘Buddy Day’ just before Thanksgiving in order to raise funds for a charity. The recipient of this year’s Buddy Day efforts was Bethany House Services, a shelter that works with others in the area to help disadvantaged and homeless women and children by providing a range of programs to assist with education and housing.

The Sharonville Elementary students raised money by participating in various events, such as candy grams, “sit with a friend”, and pajama day. There was also a “Stay and Play” one evening after school, at which time the staff and students played games and enjoyed chips and hot dogs.

Tricia Roddy, a media person at Sharonville, invited Bethany House’s Darlene Guess to be her buddy. Guess is the Rapid Re-Housing director at Bethany and had she stayed at the shelter over 20 years ago. She returned to volunteer at the shelter, and was then hired, and finally worked her way up to the post of shelter director. She returned to school for her Master’s and currently works with agencies throughout Cincinnati that help the homeless. She coordinates the care among the various facilities to insure families find housing as soon as possible. Such was the success of the day that Guess took a check for $1,600 back to the shelter.

The school could consider working with brochure printers next year to create a mailer for wide distribution to city residents, describing the campaign and inviting them to participate.