October 17, 2016

Badin students step up to make a difference


Badin High School students continued to make the school motto of “Serving God, Serving Others” a reality with major fundraising projects as the 2016-17 school year opened.

In September, students donated $1,200 in gift cards as well as a box of school supplies to Cristo Rey High School in Baton Rouge, La., after that school suffered such damage from the severe Louisiana flooding that it actually had to move to a new building.

The girls’ volleyball and girls’ soccer teams then combined on a cancer cure t-shirt sale that was the impetus for raising more than $5,000 in October.

“Badin students and the Badin community feel a calling to make a difference in the world around us,” said Gina Helms, Badin’s director of Campus Ministry. “You ask the students to help, and they simply ask ‘where’ and ‘how’. It’s really rewarding how our students step up to assist when called upon.”

The girls’ volleyball team sponsored a “Kings of the Court” fundraiser at Badin, with food, items and raffle baskets contributing to cancer cure donation efforts. The night was focused around a boys’ volleyball competition among teams of Badin students coached by members of the girls’ varsity volleyball team to see who would be the Kings of the Court.

“A great crowd turned out for some fun competition,” said Geoff Melzer, Badin’s athletic director. “That was a tremendous idea by the volleyball coaches and it turned out really well. The raffle baskets and donations were terrific and it certainly was a generous crowd.”

The volleyball effort was boosted by a $1,500 donation from the Kohl’s department store chain, which also sent volunteers in to help with the event.

The girls’ soccer team donated $900 to the Pink Ribbon Girls, an organization that provides free healthy meals, housecleaning, transportation to treatment and peer support in the Greater Cincinnati and Greater Dayton area.

The girls presented the Pink Ribbon check to the family of Mrs. Marysusan Vinskey at halftime of their Senior Night soccer game against Fenwick on Oct. 10. Mrs. Vinskey has been fighting ovarian cancer and the Pink Ribbon Girls are assisting the family in that fight – and now with help from the Badin soccer girls.

“When you see these things happening in person it just makes you feel great about the pride and spirit of Badin students,” Melzer said. “They understand that it’s important to make a difference – and then they go out and do it.”

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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