A project at Buckeye Valley High School has connected students and community in a powerful way.
The Give a Meal project was organized by BVHS Student Council President, Stephie Choe and BVHS National Honor Society President, Selina Seliskar. These two senior leaders worked with Joyce Wagner, President of the OSU Alumni Club of Delaware County and NHS and Student Council Adviser, Chris Pileski to organize and fundraise for the project. The Give a Meal Project provides lunches to those in the Delaware Community that are less fortunate.
Throughout the month of March, NHS and Student Council sold Anthony Thomas Candy Bars to raise money for the project. The money raised was donated to the Buckeye Valley Food Pantry. The food pantry then supplied food items for the lunches. Students gathered after school to assemble and decorate the brown bags with kind and encouraging words such as “Make Today a Great Day” and “Remember to Smile”.
The fundraising effort raised more than $500 for Give a Meal. The students, led by Choe and Seliskar, assembled 200 lunches. Each lunch included an Uncrustable, a bottle of water, chips, fruit cup, a pack of cookies, a napkin, and a plastic spoon. On Saturday April 13 student volunteers distributed the lunches at the Common Grounds Free Store in Ashley and the Ostrander Library.
As the two seniors prepare to graduate from Buckeye Valley in a month, they reflected on their desire to help others, “there is no greater gift than giving back to a community that has given you endless amounts of amazing opportunities,” both girls declared.