Well, as hard as it is to believe, the holidays are here again! We are keeping very busy here with exams, concerts, giving projects, and holiday parties. It never ceases to amaze me how giving our staff, students and families are during the holiday season. Seeing so many people thinking of others makes this time of year all the more special.
Each of our school buildings has at least one giving project for the holidays and typically more than that. Aurora High School holds their yearly Aurora for Others Dodge Ball tournament with proceeds going to several different charities and a much needed blood drive. Leighton School counselors and the Aurora Community Chapel partnered to provide holiday baskets to Leighton families and the school’s Flurry of Gifts outreach will help over 300 families in Portage County. Harmon School is once again collecting coats to donate for kids. Craddock and Miller Schools sponsored their annual Shop with a Cop project, they held their Giving Tree program to benefit Portage County families and the buildings are also a donation location for Portage County Care with Coats program that cleans and distributes donated coats to Portage County residents in need. Please forgive me if I have inadvertently missed a giving program. Thank you to everyone for your caring and generosity.
Congratulations again to Harmon School and the teachers and students there for earning the honor of being named a U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School for 2013. It is quite an honor and something we can all be proud of. Thank you to everyone who put in the extended hours to see the application process through. Our district can boast that we now have two of our buildings that have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools. I believe that is a rarity among districts!
I would like to wish all of our staff, families and the residents of Aurora a wonderful holiday season filled with family, fun and festivities. This is such a wonderful time of year to count our blessings and reach out to others. Have a safe holiday break and we will see you here next year.