December 2018 Superintendent Update

  • Ken-Ton is and always has been a very caring and generous community. It is always inspiring to see that spirit of generosity reflected in the efforts of our students, staff, and families at this time of year. These are just a few recent examples of how our schools have found ways to support the community during the holiday season:

    • On December 8, the Kenmore West High School Community Club sponsored its annual Holiday Party for families in need. This annual tradition provides an amazing holiday experience for approximately 150 children and their families. Through the collective efforts of more than 100 students and staff, children were treated to a very special holiday party complete with games, activities, lunch and dessert, gifts, a visit from Santa, and a box of groceries for each family to take home.
    • Also at Kenmore West, students have been able to “purchase” gifts for their families using tickets they have been receiving in school for promoting a positive school environment. These gifts were donated by Kenmore West teachers and staff and are available for students to browse through once a week during lunch. Staff are even providing gift wrapping services.
    • At Kenmore East High School, the school collected an astounding 30,181 food items for local food banks and families in need through the "Gobblin' Up Hunger" food drive. That brings the 15-year total of this annual event, which continues to grow, to nearly 200,000 items.
    • When the Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels was in need of pies for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the school district community was quick to respond. In addition to 23 pies donated by staff at the Ken-Ton School District Administration Building, another 25 delicious homemade squash pies were made by Kenmore West High School Family & Consumer Science teacher Carol Glor and her students.
    • The Ken-Ton Closet was appreciative of two recent donations: pajamas collected as part of the Edison Elementary School Pajama Drive (206 pairs total for both the Closet and families in need), and more than 1,200 pairs of socks donated by the Hoover Middle School Be the Change Club in November.
    • At Franklin Middle School, students and staff collected a total of 1,112 items through the school’s annual food drive, and fifth-grade classes sold candy canes to raise hundreds of dollars to donate to the VA Hospital.
    • The Kenmore West High School Varsity and JV Cheerleading squads delivered 28 stockings filled with goodies to patients at Oishei's Children's Hospital who will be unable to be at home during the holidays.

    Again, these are just a handful of recent examples. A full accounting of all the ways our students and staff support and give back to the community would take a considerable amount of space to detail. As we see activities like these take place in every school building throughout the year, it is apparent that the Ken-Ton tradition of generosity and giving is alive and well in our schools.

    Stephen Bovino,
    Superintendent of Schools