Pictured left to right: Deputy Superintendent Mark Hershiser, Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg, fifth grade teachers Jaclyn Gafford, Beth Czekanski and Brian Meyer, and Jackowski family members Val, Morgan, Emberlynn and Grant.
The 5th grade Service Project at Cherrington Elementary School has been a year- long effort. Students have presented themselves as true role models as they worked hard to provide services in the community and encouraged the participation of the entire building. In addition to holding a Pancake Dinner, they organized a Buyback program in October through Copeland Mill Dental, which paid $1.00 per pound of candy, and they also worked for donations as Winterfest elves at the school’s annual winter craft bazaar. All planning, advertising, collecting, packing, and wrapping was done entirely by the pupils, who decided early on that they wanted their focus to be on raising funds for the “Curt Jackowski Memorial Scholarship Fund.”
They understood the importance of how this money could help fellow students in the Westerville City School District go on to college. They also chose to support the fund out of love and respect for Cherrington’s very own 4th grade teacher, Val Jackowski, Curt’s widow. At an assembly held on May 14, with the help of the Education First Credit Union, fifth grade students proudly presented a check to the Curt Jackowski Scholarship Fund in the amount of $1,464.06.