CENTERBURG — Centerburg Family, Career and Community Leaders of America involved the entire FCCLA chapter, the middle school, high school and staff in a year-long service project —Tabs for Tots, Tweens and Teens — that benefited the Central Ohio Ronald McDonald House in Columbus.
Club advisor Cathy Goeppinger said members were initially motivated by a green shopping presentation by Mike Whitaker, Knox County Health Department. Club members continued to study sustainability and environmental issues related to pre-cycling, recycling and buying recycled items, then organized and ran three separate school-wide competitions to collect beverage can tabs.
The first competition, between home rooms in the middle school and high school, was held last fall in conjunction with the Ohio State University/Michigan game. That yielded over 59 pounds of tabs. The top middle school collectors were students in the homerooms of Andrew Colella, Todd Kish, Pat White and Mary Lee. The top high school homerooms were those of Matt Meade, Gregg Gundy, Mike Vargo and John Marhefka. Goeppinger said an extra incentive to the competition was that the winning homerooms were treated to pizza parties hosted by FCCLA members.
A second competitions between homerooms took place during National FCCLA Week/ Valentine’s Day in February. Called “Tab Your Heart for Ronald McDonald House,” the drive brought in 17 pounds and eight ounces of tabs. The winners, treated to donuts and juice by FCCLA members, were the middle school classrooms of Ron Francis and Jacob Lees and the high school classrooms of Amanda Meyhoefer and Vargo.
At the end of the school year, prizes were awarded to individuals in each grade level and the top faculty member who collected the most tabs on April and May. The winners were: Anna Durbin, grade six; Caroline Wolford, grade eight; Cora Smith, grade nine; Matt Thomas, grade 10; Seth Kegley, grade 11; Abby Altizer, grade 12; and faculty member Meyhoefer. Goeppinger said there were no entries from the seventh grade.