The money raised from this year’s Hoagies 4 Hope event on Superbowl Sunday went to four local families cited during a Clearview Regional Board of Education meeting Feb. 27.
The fundraiser at Clearview High School raised over $24,000, a record high for the school. At the Feb. 27 meeting, each family member in attendance was presented with a check for $6,000. Since its inception in 2015, the fundraiser has raised $118,375 for families in the school’s sending districts.
The event “is a result of a community effort by students, staff, board members and volunteers throughout our community in recognition that there are those in need,” said Superintendent John Horchak.
Three of the recipients are Clearview families who have major medical issues. The fourth is a Mantua family devastated by a recent house fire.
“I hope that can help ease a little bit of the struggles that you’re facing day to day,” Christina Boody, council faculty advisor, told the families before handing out checks.
In other meeting business, the board unanimously approved a girls golf team for the upcoming athletic season, a first for the district. But that was after the idea had been tabled at a January board meeting, a decision that prompted a 6ABC news item citing the frustration of potential golfers.
One of the golfers at the forefront of the team’s creation was Annalyse Dickinson, a junior at Clearview High School who’s been playing golf since she was a young kid. In 2018, she tried out for the coed team at Clearview, but felt it wasn’t the right fit. That’s when she and her mother, Stephanie, decided to help create an all-girls team at the school.
In the 6ABC story, the district made a broad statement as to why it tabled the bill. “There were a few outstanding questions that needed to be answered prior to making a final decision,” the statement said.
Some of the variables included verification of interest and experience to ensure the district could adequately staff a team; confirmation from other districts regarding the development of a schedule; and financials, according to the statement.
After facing a few obstacles, the final result at the meeting gave Annalyse and Stephanie Dickinson the answer they were hoping for.
“Obviously we’re thrilled,” said Stephanie. “I know that there are many girls that are looking forward to playing on the team.”
In other news:
- The board announced a Mental Health/Social-Emotional Community Night on March 24. The first of two workshops will focus on cell phones and social media addiction. Another workshop will focus on mental health services. The district will continue to advise the community when it has more information.
- Horchak announced the district will reevaluate the recently implemented Assessment Calendar, which has faced fierce opposition since its inception at the beginning of the school year, especially by students in Advanced Placement (AP) classes. But in an effort to stay consistent, the district will continue the calendar for the remainder of the year. The evaluation — expected in July — will include an analysis of data from test results.
The board will specifically look at evaluating AP classes and “may very well lend itself to a modification,” the superintendent said.
“I think the hard data, and not the predictions, should determine if modifications need to be made,” Horchak noted.