by Meghna Kumar
This Valentine’s Day Bellbrook students spread the Valentine’s spirit around the community. Students and teachers at Bell Creek Intermediate conducted a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The students and faculty raised $10,455.01 overall, surpassing last year’s donation total. All fundraised money will go to the prevention of heart disease and stroke.
Thirty-two BCI students were also selected as 2015 Jump Rope for Heart Poster Design Contest Finalists. BCI staff will choose the top 3 and one school winner who will be given the opportunity to advance to the National Competition held at the end of February.
Bellbrook Key Club ran its own service projects this month. Throughout the week leading up to February 14, they decorated Valentine’s Cards for the senior center. Overall, they created over 60 cards and on Thursday, distributed the cards to the seniors on their game night.
“I was glad I got to do it,” junior Brooke Tavernier explained. “It was a great and fun opportunity to help my community and to make some good people smile.”
Key Club also organized a Hershey’s kisses fundraiser. They allowed students to purchase Hershey’s kisses and attach a note to send to anyone in Bellbrook High School, including faculty. The Key Club members then delivered the cards as a Valentine’s surprise. All profits will go to the Byimana School of Sciences, a secondary school for low-income students in Rwanda. Bellbrook Key Club has donated to them in the past and were able to fund a self-sustaining farm named after Bellbrook next to the school. This year, the Key Club officers hope to leave another lasting impact on the Rwandan school.