OTTAWA — A Walk A Thon, barbecue picnic tailgate and kickoff assembly are all ways students at Ottawa and Glandorf Elementary schools are planning a “Titans Fighting Together” fundraiser to help three students in their school district who are battling cancer.
The event that is not open to the community but is for students is Sept. 20 to honor and raise funds for Glandorf Elementary students Luke Haselman, who is a first grader, Ben Schroeder, who is in sixth grade at the school and Ottawa Elementary second grader Josh Butler. Haselman and Butler are currently unable to attend school due to treatment. Schroeder attends school four out of five days in addition to receiving chemo each week.
Lindsay Duling, Ottawa-Glandorf High School National Honor Society adviser, brought the homecoming theme “Titans Fighting Together” to Scott Ketner, Glandorf Elementary School, principal. The Honor Society sells T-shirts each year for homecoming and this year’s profits for T-shirt sales will go to the three families with over 1,000 shirts sold.
“Luke and Ben are both really good students and they try hard. We are working to meet their educational needs by working with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital with their educational coordinators to make sure we are meeting their needs,” Ketner said.
Haselman has received treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Toledo and Schroeder and Butler are receiving treatments at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Both Haselman and Butler receive home educational instruction.
“We have been working with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to coordinate home instruction for him this year because he will not be able to physically come to school this year,” said Audrey Beining, Ottawa Elementary principal.
A representative from Nationwide Childrens’s Hospital has visited Ottawa Elementary and brought a Monkey In The Chair program that is a stuffed monkey that sits in a chair.
“The backpack goes to school and home and students can send messages to Josh. This allows the students to always think of him and include him even though he is not physically here at school,” Beining said.
Students will make posters, cards and signs and there will be a kickoff assembly at each school. Students at both schools will participate in Walk A Thons where they will raise funds with proceeds going to the three families. A Titan Tailgate event will be at each school where students will have a barbecue picnic lunch outside pending weather. A kickoff assembly followed by the “Titans Fighting Together” Walk A Thon will follow in the afternoon at both schools.
Dr. Kathryn Kirkpatrick, education coordinator for hematology and oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will speak during the assemblies at both schools about what childhood cancer is.
Students at both schools will have walk an honor lap holding signs they made in support of their peers. Glandorf Elementary students will walk holding those signs to Glandorf Park and Ottawa Elementary students will walk around the school’s track.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.