FROM THE VANTAGE POINT…
Even Mother Nature couldn’t keep Vantage students and staff from helping out at the 16th annual United Way Day of Caring! Sure, there were 2 and 3 hour delays for fog, and even a few school cancellations, but it all came together. Vantage is proud to have been part of such a successful day.
In a new twist this year, the Medical Office Management students and their teacher, Mrs. Paula VanTilburg, directed the school’s food drive blitz “challenge” with Braun Industries that was held on Student Appreciation Day. Braun dropped off an ambulance and teams of Vantage students and staff competed to “stuff” the ambulance with food items. At the same time, Braun employees were stuffing an ambulance in their parking lot too. Although Vantage won the competition, the real winner was the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Over 4,500 items were donated by Vantage and Braun in one morning! The Vantage Medical Office Management team donated the most items and won a pizza party. An additional $1,600 was raised to purchase more groceries. Vantage students and staff were able to contribute over 5,000 non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army this year.
Providing some much-needed muscle to load and unload the donated food on and off the collection trucks were students from the Vantage Building and Grounds program and their teacher, Mr. Larry Mengerink.
The Vantage Student Ambassadors, along with teacher aide Mrs. Nancy Keith and American Studies teacher Mr. Tony Unverferth worked at the Salvation Army Food Drive, helping to unload, sort, count, box and store donated food items from around the county.
Mrs. Reesa Rohrs and her senior Health Careers students volunteered their expertise at the bloodmobile held at Trinity Friends Church Family Life Center. Using what they learned from class and their practical experiences, they performed duties on the bloodmobile floor and in the kitchen and canteen to assist the American Red Cross to insure things went as smoothly as possible. New this year was the opportunity for Vantage seniors to donate blood during their lab time. Nearly 40 students hopped on the shuttle van and donated blood.
Although Mrs. Robin Burns and the Culinary Arts class stayed at school, they participated in the day’s activities by preparing delicious chicken noodle soup (with homemade noodles) and potato soup for the Red Cross workers and the volunteers at the bloodmobile.
Community service projects provide a real opportunity for students to learn how to work well with others. Being able to give help without expecting anything back in return is an important lesson in life. “Thank You” to all Vantage students and staff who donated food, time, finances or blood to help make this special day a success in Van Wert County.
Vantage senior Health Technology students at the Blood Drive – (front) Brandi Calvelage (Van Wert), Cassandra Zartman (Van Wert), and Sarah Thitoff (Delphos Jefferson). (Back) Myranda Sherry (Paulding) and Tia Tate (Lincolnview).
Vantage Student Ambassadors Zach Crider (Parkway), Ashley Bush (Continental), Chelsea Gephart (Crestview) and Arik Mitchener (Lincolnview) smile for the camera while they work at the Day of Caring Food Drive. Vantage senior Medical Office Management students Jill Ross (Wayne Trace) and Julia Balser (Antwerp), shop in the same grocery store aisle for Day of Caring Food Drive items.