Blendon’s Renaissance Celebration Features Sunshine, Swimming and Skyline Chili

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Anthony V. is pictured with Principal Kendall Harris after winning the grand prize



Blendon Middle School students enjoyed an afternoon of swimming at the Jaycee Pool on Thursday, September 3, as part of the 4th Quarter 2014-2015 Renaissance Awards celebration.  In order to participate, pupils had to meet stringent goals in academic achievement, community service, attendance, attitude, and school spirit.  As an extra-special bonus, Skyline Chili served free chili cheese dogs at the pool.

Each quarter, at an awards ceremony, qualifying students receive both a certificate for their accomplishment and a tangible reward donated by various local businesses.  For the fourth quarter Renaissance program, every child received coupons from First Watch, Skyline Chili, Little Caesar’s Pizza, and Gahanna Lanes Bowling.

A variety of wonderful raffle prizes, also donated by local businesses and PTO parents, were distributed, including Renaissance t-shirts, gift cards from Chiller Ice Rinks, Cold Stone Creamery, Columbus Square Bowling Palace, Dairy Queen, Donato’s Pizza, Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant, Little Caesar’s,  Marcus Theatres, Marie Scrambler’s, Noodles & Company, Rita’s Italian Ice, and the Westerville Recreation Center.  The grand prize was a 7-inch digital tablet.

Following the awards presentation, students spent the rest of the day “chilling” at the Jaycee Pool.  This marks the sixth year Blendon has hosted Renaissance Awards Programs.