The holiday season is upon us and for Romulus Community Schools that means giving time and serving others. We have all heard “It is better to give than to receive” and multiple student groups in Romulus are putting those words into action.
Prior to Thanksgiving the Romulus Eagle varsity basketball team volunteered their time at the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor. The team prepared meals for 29 families who were staying at the house, while their children received medical treatment at the University of Michigan hospital.
The National Honor Society from Romulus High also helped in the kitchen and served food, at the Romulus House Restaurant’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner. Although the meal is free, donations are accepted to assist with providing local families with Christmas gifts through the Goodfellows organization.
The Romulus Youth Leadership Movement coordinated their annual canned food drive at Romulus Middle School. The group hosts a school wide collection of non-perishable food items during November and December. The food is then delivered to the Helping Hands of Romulus where they distribute the food to nearly 50 local families to assist with holiday meals.
When it comes to receiving, no one deserves more than the men and women who have served in the military. That is why Romulus Elementary Art Teacher, Regan Andrzejewski and Positive Behavior Coach, Leticia Horry teamed up to create holiday cards for veterans. The elementary students used their creative talents to design cards that will be delivered to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor.
In a collaborative effort Stephanie Mitchell, Lisa Hollis, and Peni Gray from the transportation department volunteered their time during the community wide “Stuff the Bus” project. Through the final week of November and the first week of December, the three drove the bus daily to and from city hall. The school district provided the bus, and community members donated food, clothing, personal care items, toys, and even pet supplies. All of the donations were then disbursed to local charitable organizations.
Mark Edwards, Coordinator of School Relations for Romulus Community Schools said, “It is clear that service learning is a priority in our district, and community. Many of our teachers and staff focus on the importance of character education and giving back to the community.”