Monday, November 19, 2001

Good News: Students display patriotism




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        Since the Sept. 11 attacks, patriotism has become as commonplace in Greater Cincinnati classrooms as reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic.

        Students at Winton Woods Middle School, 147 Farragut Road, Greenhills, will present a patriotic program at 7 p.m. today titled “United We Stand.”

        The middle school chorus and band will perform special songs written for this event. Poetry written to celebrate patriotism also will be read.

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        In other acts of patriotism, fifth-grade students at Houston Elementary School, 3310 Compton Road, Groesbeck, packed treats and small gifts in 500 shoe boxes for children whose families were affected by the tragedy.

        They collected donations from area businesses, such as Burger King and the school's partner in education, Bigg's.

        At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the children will present a patriotic program on Grandparents Day in the school gymnasium. At 10 a.m., the grandparents will visit classrooms.

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        Students at Rapid Run Middle School, 6345 Rapid Run Road, Delhi Township, collected used books as part of the student council's Tales for Tots Campaign. The more than 5,600 books collected will be donated to schools in the Cincinnati Public School District.

        The students helped promote patriotism with “Pride on the Pike,” a one-day loose change collection to raise money to purchase flags for Delhi Pike's lighted utility poles. They collected $164.77.

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        Students at Northwest High School, 10761 Pippin Road, Bevis, collected more than $600 in response to President George W. Bush's request to support the America's Fund for Afghan Children. The money was sent to the White House. Flags and stars for each participant are displayed in the school library windows.

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        Eighth graders at St. John the Evangelist School, Deer Park, have raised $450 for victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

        The students organized a red, white and blue out-of-uniform day and a bake sale. They encouraged all students to give up snack money for two weeks to raise money for the American Red Cross.

        Second grader Sarah Klunk donated $2.00 from the tooth fairy to the Red Cross.

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        Bernie Fiedeldey's bid of $1,000 at the Colerain Township Business Association's annual Vinoklet Daze at the Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., to buy an American Flag was a show of patriotism.

        “An American flag is a priceless possession and I am proud to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund,” Mr. Fiedeldey said.

        “In light of the tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C., it is fitting that donations be made from all our country's communities.”

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Monday-Friday and Sundays. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are committing random acts of kindness that are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at ahoward@enquirer.com; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.

       



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