Warner Students Give Back this Holiday Season

Warner Middle School's 8th grade WEB class and the 7th grade Student Leadership Class donated 1,560 pounds of food to the Xenia Fish Food Pantry this week. The student leaders spearheaded the food donation effort at the school and engaged in a friendly competition - the right to sit in the bleachers at the next school assembly. The gymnasium bleachers at Warner can only hold two grade levels, which means the students are often jockeying for position to get the better bleacher seats. For this contest, the sixth and seventh grade classes donated more food than the eighth graders, so the older class has to sit on the floor at the next assembly!

In addition to the food drive, the WEB class organized a charity volleyball game, too. The eighth grade volleyball team challenged the eighth grade football team to a playoff. Tickets were $1 and the seventh grade Student Leadership Class ran concessions. All funds that were raised during the game were donated to help create food baskets for Warner families in need during the holidays.

WEB stands for "Where Everybody Belongs" and it is a middle school orientation transition program that helps to welcome sixth graders into the building and make them comfortable the first year of their middle school experience. Eighth grade students are trained to become mentors to their younger classmates to help them succeed.

WEB teachers Karen Nolen and Dana McClain believe that community service projects like this help to develop students' leadership abilities.

"These are opportunities for our students to take collective action to improve our local community," Mrs. McClain said. "By having our students assist others, we are helping them to become a positive and active citizen in the future."

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