Kenston’s Bash honored by Medical Mutual | Local government

Kenston High School received another feather in its cap when its student-run Bomber Bash club received a 2021 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for community service.

The six-year-old organization, which has raised about $ 10,000 a year for the past four years through school lockdowns and golf outings, has donated all of its funds to the North Ohio Chapter of ” A Kid Again “, a non-profit association for children with terminal illnesses.

Marcy Gurd, who alongside Erin DiRocco is a parenting counselor for the group of more than 40 members, said last week that the students were involved in everything from public relations to fundraising.

“It’s good for these students, who frankly I think the students here at Bainbridge and Grief are very blessed,” said Ms Gurd, 48, of Bainbridge Township. “Being able to help families in need is really good.

Ms. Gurd said students dedicate between 18 and 48 hours of their time throughout the year to participate in the Bomber Bash.

“These students really care about giving back to the community.

“We are also very fortunate that the administration of our school has been behind us from the start, because it is quite a commitment, also for the school, to be able to organize this type of events from the staff point of view”, she declared.

Students involved in the organization, such as junior Trent Kreuger, said he finds gratitude in helping families affected by the student group.

“Seeing families come in, seeing how happy they are for us and hearing how grateful they are is definitely what has the most impact on me,” said Trent, 16. “It makes me feel good to be part of something that has such a big impact on families. “

Others, like senior Samantha Stefancin, shared the same sentiment.

“Being able to help fundraise so that people have normal experiences, you don’t really think about doing that stuff until you realize that there are people out there who can’t. just do it, “Samantha, 18, of Auburn Township, mentioned.

“It’s not about fundraising. It’s not about families, going to school or playing golf. It’s about why you do it and how families appreciate what we give them.

“These are the reasons why you do it,” she concluded.

Superintendent Nancy Santilli expressed her pride in the students.

“I am proud that our students are recognized by Medical Mutual for their commitment to the A Kid Again charity through Bomber Bash,” said Ms. Santilli. “Community service teaches so many valuable lessons that enrich the lives of our students and those they serve. “