Students at Olentangy Hyatts Middle School recently embarked on a two-week collection drive for Operation Buckeye.
Operation Buckeye is a non-profit organization whose mission is to send boxes of items to American troops serving overseas. Over the past 10 years Operation Buckeye has shipped more than 30,000 boxes to military service personnel.
The program was part of Hyatts’ “Living History Day” which honors veterans while educating students on what it means to serve in the military. Every Hyatts student wrote a handwritten note that will be included in the 900 boxes sent on behalf of the school.
Thanks to the donations from students and staff, Operation Buckeye received more than 47 cases of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.
Each day that a student donated items over the course of the two weeks, it was represented with a hand with the student’s name on it. These hands were red, white and blue, the colors that correspond with each grade level’s house color. A friendly competition for the most hands/donations took place between the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, with the sixth grade red house winning in the end. At the conclusion of the collection drive, there were more than 1,900 “hands of giving” hanging on the walls in Hyatts Middle.
Operation Buckeye chairman Jim Caronis said he was overwhelmed by the response from students.
“Students should feel proud of what they’ve done here and remember to keep paying it forward,” Caronis said. Plans are already underway to expand the program next year.
For more information on Operation Buckeye, visit www.operationbuckeye.org