District students, staff brighten holidays for others
Students and staff in the Oxford Area School District worked collaboratively during limited in-person time to make the holidays brighter for others in their community.
The OAHS chapter of Interact, a high school level community service organization of Rotary International sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club, organized a collection of toys clothing, and other items for the annual Christmas Room at the Oxford Neighborhood Services Center. Interact members invited the various honor societies at OAHS to get involved in the drive, and this week several overflowing collection boxes were dropped off for distribution in the Oxford community. Pictured from left are OAHS Interact secretary Elizabeth Evans-Ralston, president Gina Martinelli and advisor Brenda Moran.
The members of the OAHS chapter of National English Honor Society worked together to make 97 holiday cards to be delivered this week the residents of Ware Presbyterian Village. "In these difficult times, Oxford students continue to think about what they can do to make others happy," said NEHS advisor Carynne Burnett. "I'm so proud of them!"
Junior Samantha Dunlap
Senior Ainsley Eimer.
The Hornet Hauler recently pulled up to the Oxford Neighborhood Services Center to drop off a load of toys and other items donated by OASD district office staff members. The drive was organized by Cortney Encarnacion, District Social Worker and PA Certified Home and School Visitor, with staff members encouraged to donate items for kids ages 10 to 12, who are often overlooked in holiday collections.
Each holiday season, the Christmas Room provides parents with the opportunity to choose toys and other items for their children's Christmas gifts. If you would like to make a donation of a new, unwrapped toy or gift, please call Neighborhood Services at 610-932-8557.