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Kelsi Steinkamp
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The week of September 11, a week spent reflecting, remembering and honoring the sacrifice of many Americans on that fated day, the Weisenborn community decided to embody that sense of community by fighting together for a greater cause. The Weisenborn Chapter of National Junior Honor Society sponsored a penny drive for 4 Paws for Ability.

Students were asked to open their hearts and donate to an organization whose sole purpose is to train animals to help people — help people with visual impairments, those struggling with anxiety, those living with a chronic illness or medical issue, to support a child with autism and more.

For five days, our students gave. They started with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, which evolved to dollar bills, five-dollar bills, tens, and twenties. Our students were excited to help, to give and to make a difference.

They understood something that many people struggle to comprehend: empathy, one of the components of our Portrait of a Warrior. Our stars, our WARRIORS, these are the ones who gave $765.76 to a cause.

As a reward for a job well done, our 950 warriors were given an opportunity by 4 Paws to meet the dogs that were being trained to help. Our Weisenborn students truly showed what it means to be a Warrior: to see the needs of others and be moved to fight for them.

  • Huber Heights City Schools
  • Weisenborn Junior High