Groveport Madison is a giving community
December 2011 was the fifth year that I have had the pleasure of coordinating the Groveport Madison Adopt-A-Family program in our school district.
Every year the program not only benefits families who live in the Groveport Madison school district who are unable to provide a Christmas for their children for a variety of reasons, but the benefits also extend into the community on the giving side, too.
This year 97 families with 300 children received Christmas thanks to the 44 Angels who "adopted" families, the entire Groveport Madison High School staff and student body who collected money for the 30 kids "adopted" by the National Honor Society and Student Council, 10 students from the Eastland Fairfield Career Center marketing and logistics class who helped with Abundance Alley and collection of items from Angels, the Lasernauts Lego League team along with 12 others who volunteered for the two distribution days, and finally the 16 Angel shoppers who helped complete the final phase of Adopt-A-Family with a shopping trip to a local retailer, made possible by the numerous donations from 25 Angels including staff and students from Groveport Madison elementary and middle schools.
The Groveport Madison community is a supportive community that comes together in time of need, as evidenced by the above, as well as the continual giving throughout the year for the Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs who assists residents with emergency needs year-round.
To learn more about joining the community effort of the Center, visit our website at www.center4gmhn.org or plan to attend our annual meeting on Feb 6,at 7 p.m. at the Groveport Madison Local Schools office at 5940 Clyde Moore Drive in Groveport.
Christine Boucher, director
Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs
Why I support school uniforms
We must remember that school is a place for learning.
I wore uniforms to school until I moved in seventh grade. It seemed natural, logical and non-negotiable.
I never had to think about my outfit for school. The last Friday of the month was dress down or spirit wear day. I believe it truly makes a difference to wear uniforms to school. I think if Groveport Madison decides to adopt uniforms, it should be a well-defined, strict policy that cannot be easily manipulated.
A recent student council survey indicated that more than 90 percent of the students oppose school uniforms. True, but is this a decision to be made by students or school officials and parents? Many may have felt pressured not to go against their friends. Even those who opposed it wrote down good points for adopting the uniform. A student told me one of the things that appealed to her about going to Eastland Career Center was the uniforms.
Uniforms save money. They can be bought in packs, are made to last longer and they can be passed down to younger siblings. Since uniforms are worn to school every day, that means there are less outside clothes to buy for parents. Trendy outfits are expensive so the less fortunate will not appear lacking if uniforms are worn.
School uniforms would also eliminate possible gang matching, eliminate baggy clothes or sagging, make it easier to spot intruders and identify students during field trips or events.
Some other things to consider about school uniforms are:
•Uniforms would make for less stereotyping.
•Uniforms would make for easier strict dress code enforcement.
•Teens want to be individuals, but if you look around, we all dress alike anyway. Regular clothes and personal style can be worn anytime, anywhere outside of school.
•When visitors walk into the school, the first impressions are lasting.
•Many adults wear uniforms to work.
•Uniforms promote school unity.
Some people say clothes can’t change attitudes. But, if enforced starting in sixth grade or younger, discipline will be formed. Uniforms are part of a larger effort to create a professional and orderly atmosphere.
Uniforms stress that individualism and self-expression are not determined by designer clothes or social class, but instead encourage the pursuit of individualism through thoughts, creativity and personality.
Ruth Sleshi, student
Groveport Madison High School