LOGAN – Despite the many challenges brought by the pandemic, there were also many opportunities to help neighbors, fellow students, and businesses in need of a hand. Year after year, the Logan-Hocking School District (LHSD) has the pleasure of witnessing our students’ shared pride in giving back. As young people, their excitement for helping others is a true testament to the community that influenced them, and we applaud our district’s families, local businesses, and community members for instilling these outstanding values within our younger generations.

While there are countless acts of community service to be applauded within every one of our school buildings, this summary focuses on some of the exciting ways that Logan High School students gave back this year. As these students prepare for life after graduation in the near future, we’re excited to see that the next generation of leaders is already leading by example of what it means to be a Chieftain. Here are some of their involvements:

Food packing

To make sure all students have access to meals while learning, Theresa Schultheiss and Christine Woodgeard led students as they helped pack food for fellow classmates enrolled in the digital-based Chieftain Academy.

The MD Resource Room, instructed by Sydney Mack-Smith, has shown their joy for volunteering while helping pack items to be included in the food distribution. These volunteers ensured that those learning away from the school building have meals and snacks available.

Holiday giving: ELA 4 toy drive

As part of the ELA 4 Class (English and Language Arts for LHS Seniors), instructor Treva Bolton helped students make an impact by contributing to a toy drive in Hocking County. Students provided toys for local boys and girls, and Officer Campbell, school resource officer, collected and distributed the toys to families in need.

Student council supports local giving tree

During the month of December, the LHS Student Council didn’t let a period of remote learning stop them from giving back. Each of the four student council officers selected a child’s name from the giving tree in Walmart. Student council members purchased and donated gifts for those children, ranging from age 3 to 10. Instructor Cristie Collins’ vehicle was packed to the brim with the gifts for delivery. Next up on the student councils’ agenda this spring: cleaning up the Hocking River, sponsored by Fox’s Canoe Livery.

Chieftain Cadets support Operation Christmas Child

In addition to their many other community projects you’ll read more about below, The Chieftain Cadets gave back over the holiday season by assisting in Operation Christmas Child. Cadets collected and packed boxes that were sent to volunteers in over 160 countries and territories. They also assisted Hocking County First Responders during the annual Shop with a Cop event to spread holiday joy to local children.

Lifting spirits through acts of kindness: Sunshine boxes from the class of 2022

During the height of the pandemic-related shutdowns, Lisa Snider helped oversee the Class of 2022, now juniors, as they assembled and mailed ‘sunshine boxes’ to 2020 graduating seniors. Each box contained a motivating note, candy and snacks in a purple Chieftain cup that read ‘Never Give Up’.

Sophomores show appreciation for teachers

The sophomore class is also spreading joy and kindness to others. Led by Cristie Collins, sophomore class officers volunteered to paint small flower pots to give to all of their teachers in appreciation of their dedication this school year. In the coming weeks, the sophomore class officers are going to sponsor a donation drive for My Sister’s Place, a women’s shelter serving Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties.

Advanced Woodworking students support Mingo Park Project

Logan High School was contacted by the Mingo Park Project to build items for ongoing renovations. Advanced Woodworking students, instructed by Jacob Bookman, built eight benches, two picnic tables, and four blessing boxes for the park.

Classes also teamed up with Mr. Abram’s engineering and welding courses to design and build a flange to attach the blessing boxes to the posts that are secured in the ground. Once they were ready, students loaded the benches, tables, and boxes onto trailers and took them to Mingo Park, while they completed the finishing touches, dug holes for posts and secured them in concrete. This initiative was a great career-readiness experience for students that will also benefit their community for years to come!

Chieftain Cadets

Instructed by Major Lance Roberts, The Chieftain Cadets, a non-branch-specific ROTC program, have fulfilled a multitude of community service initiatives. They were also active in helping revitalize Mingo park, dedicating time on community weekends to assist in the staining and painting of the castle playground, spreading gravel and installing new features, such as waste baskets.

In January, the cadets braved the cold to pick up litter around Logan High School. They also visited the Hocking County Animal Shelter to help clean the facility and care for the animals. This group has made a huge difference in their community this year, and we look forward to seeing their great work continue!

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

The FCCLA class has been hard at work to make a positive impact for a number of causes. So far this year, they have been involved in many projects, including Move The Hills, which involved helping organize and distribute school supplies to the community. They also collected food for a local pantry and helped maintain inventory and organization for the facility. In response to the pandemic, the class has taken on mask making and recycling. They began with raising money for a recycling box, and then making and donating reusable masks for the community clothing pantry.

FCCLA made community service extra special during the holidays, including a reverse trick-or-treat at the Carlin House, helping residents enjoy Halloween by packing and delivering candy bags. Students also shared holiday joy by making Christmas cards for residents at Buckeye Rehab.

Looking ahead, FCCLA plans to make an impact by helping with road hazard safety, through community education on how to properly and respectfully report driving hazards, such as potholes. They are also working on raising money to create care packages for retirement home residents and will assemble and deliver them in the coming weeks!

We are incredibly proud of the students and teachers in our district and we’re thankful for our generous community that is truly one of a kind. Thank you for helping make The Logan-Hocking School District a place where students learn real-world values that they can carry throughout life and pass on to future generations, like the profound importance of helping others. Go Chiefs!

Submitted by the Logan-Hocking School District

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