Tis’ the Season for Giving

Johnson Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year! As we move through the holiday season and enter into 2017, the students and staff at Johnson continue to look for 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 being 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.  

Our Blessings in a Backpack initiative continues to help provide weekend meals to nearly 40 of our families who need a helping hand.  Kudos 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. Likewise, a special thank you to our staff that have been so accommodating and flexible in helping to keep the ball rolling.

Specific to the holidays, our social worker Nancy Willyard organized another overwhelmingly successful Giving Tree collection. Along with the help and generous gift donations from our parents and staff, we were able to provide holiday relief to 35 families, bringing joy to all involved.

Also in December, teachers from the fourth grade team organized and motivated our students to be a part of the giving spirit by spending the morning of our early release day making 50 blankets for children at Huron Valley Sinai hospital. The teachers then personally delivered the blankets themselves, literally warming the hearts of the children who made and received the blankets.  Way to go Jaguar leaders!

To round out the year, the Johnson staff agreed to collect money for the charitable group “Wigs for Kids,” which provides wigs for children who may have a condition or undergoing a treatment that causes them to lose their hair. In partnership with the Milford Police, the staff of Johnson, Kurtz, and Country Oaks raised money through a Casual for a Cause effort. For every $50 dollars we raised, we were able to dress casually for one day during the week before winter break. The goal was to have four casual days. Our staff shattered the expectation donating over $280 for the cause. Altogether, between Johnson, Kurtz and Country Oaks, we raised over $1,000 for “Wigs for Kids.” Consequently, if you noticed our teachers wearing jeans during the last week of school (before the holiday), please know it was directly related to making a financial contribution to a wonderful cause!

Each year at Johnson, we have continued to refine and improve upon what we are currently doing, as well as introduce new initiatives that strengthen us - both academically and philanthropically. I have no doubt that more greatness is instore for 2017!

Warm Wishes,

Joshua Gignac

Johnson Elementary, Principal