Happy Holidays.

I thought it would be timely to share with you some of the things our students have been involved with recently that reflect the “spirit of the season.”

Many years ago, Lynda Garbe started a tradition of a bake sale during the holiday season where students and teachers would bring treats to be sold to students during the school day between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Several staff members have kept this tradition alive, and is currently being run by Nan Gabrielse in our Library. This year the bake sale has produced nearly $2000 in profits which will go toward the purchase of gift cards that will be distributed to local families to make their holidays a bit brighter.

Our Art department and Nutrition classes combined to involve students in a new event connected with the Winter Concert called “Empty Bowls.” The nutrition classes prepared and served soup before and after the concert, and the art classes auctioned off the ceramic bowls they had made, all to support the United Way and food pantries in Sheboygan County.

Our dance team has taken time out of their very busy schedules to perform at three local nursing homes for the residents, and our girls basketball team has made a weekly visit to the first grade classrooms to work with small groups of children to help them with math or to read with them each week.

And our Key Club, the school’s service club, has continued to support each of these projects and many others as the 40+ members eagerly work to meet their required hours of service and learn to find service opportunities that are most meaningful to each of them personally.

It is encouraging to see our students participate in service and give of themselves. And it is heartwarming at this time of year to see that they really can have a considerable impact through their efforts. OHS students have made the holiday season a bit brighter for many in our community and beyond, and we are proud of their efforts.

Happy Holidays,