Charity month returns to high school

Student Council is hosting a charity event from mid-February through the end of the third quarter which will include the sale of candy grams, a senior-teacher raffle and a talent show.

Social studies teacher and Student Council advisor Michael Featherstone said the month will begin with selling candy grams on Valentine’s Day as a way for students to show appreciation for their fellow classmates.

“Through Charity Month, we can really come together as a community,” Featherstone said. “I think the idea of getting everybody involved where you can appreciate your classmates is a great opportunity.”

Featherstone added there will be a senior-teacher raffle in which seniors and teachers can offer services for other students to bid on, and the month will conclude with a talent show on March 17th to celebrate the end of the quarter.

In the past, Charity Month took place in November, Featherstone said. However, he added, after COVID-19 prevented Charity Month from happening the previous three years, Student Council decided it would be better for it to occur during the third quarter.

“COVID-19—like it did with so many things—disrupted what we were doing,” he said. “But it has also given us the opportunity to re-examine things.”

Senior and Student Council president James McCann said he is excited for the talent show because it gives students a chance to showcase their talents that others might not know about.

“I think it’s cool to be able to see your classmates’ talents outside of the classroom and the sports field,” he said. “I know teachers love it, too.”

Junior and communications chair Samara Kahan explained in addition to community building, raising money to donate to organizations such as Charity Newsies is an important aspect of Charity Month, especially during the winter months.

“As a fortunate school, we want to make sure we’re giving any type of food or money that we can,” Kahan said.

This is the first time in several years that there’s been a Charity Month, so Student Council is working hard to make sure word gets out about all the events, Kahan said.

“Since this isn’t something we do every year and it’s not something that a lot of people know about, we want to make sure people know about it so we raise as much money and food as possible in order to make it a really strong month,” she said.

Student Council encourages people to step up and get involved in many events with the hope it will become an annual tradition, Featherstone said.

“I think it’s a really cool opportunity for the school, and I hope that people embrace it for what it is,” he said.

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Alina Lacki
Alina Lacki is a senior at Bexley High School and is a feature editor on The Torch. Outside of the Torch, she plays softball and is involved in the Environmental Club.