Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Good news: Students generous with good works

        The 1,137 students at St. James Elementary School, 6111 Cheviot Road in White Oak, collected $1,000, part of their fourth quarter Christian Service Project.

        The students also collected 2,500 canned goods in their “Cans and Fans” project, donated to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

        Two hundred fans were purchased from the Wal-Mart store on Colerain Avenue, Bevis, and donated to Mercy Franciscan at St. John's.

        Other projects: they collected 500 coats; a $500 gift certificate from the J.R. Green Co. went to Carson Elementary School; and $1,000 was collected through the Heifer Program. Students donated two water buffalo to a Filipino family and four sheep to an American family; $1,000 was collected and donated to the Catholic Relief Service, and 3,000 books donated to the Fay Community Council.

        Three grants were awarded locally by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to groups for small environmental education projects.

        Recipients are: Hamilton to New Baltimore Groundwater Consortium, $5,000 to produce a 12-minute Groundwater/Surface Water Environmental Education video; $4,969 went to Cincinnati Museum Center, to set up two five-day summer youth programs and a surface water educational video under its Outdoor Environmental Adventure Program; $3,842 went to the Village of Woodlawn for its Elementary Environmental Facility Project.

        The residents of the Hazelwood Community, a small subdivision in Blue Ash, will be honored with a piece of history at 2 p.m. Aug. 17.

        The Ohio Historical Society will dedicate a Historical Marker to the community, naming it one of the historical sites in the state.

        Hazelwood became an all-black settlement in 1888 and existed for years without street lights, storm and sewer systems. The historical site designation is based on the work of the Hazelwood Civic Association, which was organized in 1941 and kept the community together by developing street lights, sewer and storm water systems, Scout troops and a civic center.

        The community suffered deterioration during an industrial movement in the late 1960s. That brought on the development of the Hazelwood Improvement Association, which was the transition group when the community began to get white residents. The group is now called the Hazelwood Community Association, headed by Michael Washington.

        “I think we have about 20 white families here now,” Mr. Washington said. “This marker pays tribute to groups that kept the community alive and enabled it to move from a black to an integrated community.”

        The dedication will take place at Oakwood Park in Hazelwood.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. E-mail ahoward@enquirer.com


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