Tis’ the Season for Giving

Johnson Parents and Guardians,

As we move through the holiday season and into 2019, the students and staff at Johnson continue to seek out ways to give back to our own stakeholders as well as the community at large. We understand the importance of our school, and public schools as a whole, not only being bastions of academic achievement, but also pillars of the community as well. It is for these reasons that we work to “sharpen the saw” and find balance by giving back whenever and wherever possible. At Johnson, we continue to offer to our families “Blessings in a Backpack.” This initiative provides weekend meals to approximately 25 of our families in need of a helping hand. A special thank you goes out to our parent group that has taken charge of this initiative and has it running more smoothly and efficiently than I could have ever imagined.

In her second year a Johnson, our social worker, Anna Moreno, continues her helping initiative known as “Johnson Champions.” Instead of supporting families through the holidays only, by signing up as a Johnson Champion, we are providing support to students and families throughout the year. “Champions” donate such items as gas cards, grocery cards, school supplies, shoes, healthy snacks and other items to help meet the basic needs of our families and students. If you are interested in becoming a “Johnson Champion” and donating, please contact our social worker at anna.moreno@hvs.org.

Lastly, in December, students from fourth grade will take part in the spirit of giving by spending the morning of our December 11th early release day making 50 blankets for children at Huron Valley Sinai hospital. The teachers then personally deliver the blankets themselves, literally warming the hearts of the children who made and received the blankets. A true win-win! Below, is a message sent from a parent and fellow HVS teacher capturing what it meant to her son to be on the receiving end of one of the blankets from years past. “I wanted to take a minute to write to you. My son Matthew was in the hospital on Christmas Eve at Huron Valley Hospital. He was given a blanket made by students at Johnson. He loves it and it was a very nice treat when he was not too thrilled to be there, especially on Christmas Eve! It is not very often that kids get a chance to hear from someone on the receiving end of projects like this, so I wanted to give you the chance to say thank you from us. I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family!”

Together, we at Johnson will continue to extend our collective helping hand beyond the brick and mortar of our building. By involving our students in the process, they too have the opportunity to see and feel the benefits of giving back to community that has always given so much to us. May your holiday season be one of warmth and happiness!

Students from years past show some of the blankets they made to be donated.




Warm Wishes,

Josh Gignac

Principal, Johnson Elementary