This year Ashtabula County Continued Education Support Services (ACCESS) representative at GHS is Bob Josson. According to Mr. Josson, his immediate task is to focus the seniors’ attention on their post high school plans. For example when a student meets with him, they discuss whether or not the student has specified where he would like to do after graduation. Also, he encourages the students to take the ACT until they have reached the absolute best score they can attain. Mr. Josson has a message for all: “It’s not too late to dream big!”
Holiday cheer is ever present at Geneva High School, especially in David Yost’s Principles of Democracy classroom. Each senior will be doing a service project for which he will select a charity that he feels passionate about supporting, like the local Animal Protective League or the Susan G. Komen Research Foundation. The seniors will research the charity and report their findings in class to raise awareness and persuade their classmates to raise money for their specific charity. Students will then vote on the project they will support for the remainder of the school year.
“I think it is important for young people to understand the importance of being charitable, donating and giving back,” Mr. Yost said.
In addition to these special projects, GHS will again participate in the county Holiday Angels Loving Others (HALO) project. Local families will be selected through Catholic Charities in Ashtabula, and at least 20 families will have a Christmas they may never have imagined thanks to the generosity of GHS students. Nearly every first period class will be collecting toys, gift cards and other necessities to give to these families in need. Some students will pay to participate in a “hat day” and a “pajama day,” with all funds going to HALO to buy more gifts. One exciting addition this year is the Penny War, which gives students a caring way to spend their spare change and also brings on some friendly competition among the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each grade gives pennies to their specific bucket, and sabotages the others by placing other coins or dollar bills in the opponent’s buckets. All gifts will be given to the families Dec. 21.