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Retailer Harry & David adopts WNHS EL class

Retailer Harry & David adopts WNHS EL class

An outreach program with gourmet gift retailer Harry & David is “adopting” English Learner classes at Westerville North High School.

During a visit in May, Richard Hill, a representative from Harry & David gave treats from Cheryl’s Cookies to students and scented oil diffusers to staff and teachers in honor of Teacher Recognition Month. He also raised awareness about internship opportunities available at Cheryl’s Cookies headquarters in Westerville. 

WNHS EL paraprofessional Michelle Whited said Hill — who is her uncle — reached out to her about a classroom his company could adopt as part of an outreach project that connects with young people and aligns with the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. 

Following May’s visit, Hill is looking at other opportunities next school year to support students, Whited said.

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