JHS Custodian Donates $1,000 to ELA Scholarship

Jamestown High School custodian Brenda Harding recently made a very generous donation to to the English Department to help their Scholarship Fund. Last year, due to the downturn in the economy, several JHS scholarship funds were unable to generate enough money to  award some longstanding English awards.

In an effort to raise revenue, the JHS English Department decided to sponsor a can drive. The Department is  collecting returnable bottles and cans and have placed “Scholarship Fund” boxes throughout the high school – in corridors, classrooms, the cafeteria, and the gyms.bStudent volunteers from Key Club sort the bottles and cans according to recyclables and teacher Becky Newman takes the bottles and cans to the Southside Redemption Center, where they have a JHS English Department account dedicated to scholarship funding.

“One day, in September, while I was lugging two, big, cardboard boxes downstairs to the cafeteria, I ran into Brenda Harding, a JHS day-shift custodian,” said JHS ELA Department Chair Barbi Price. “I asked her where she thought the boxes should be placed, and she asked me why I was in the can collecting business. I explained our effort, left the boxes, and went back to my room to teach my class. Fifteen minutes later, Mrs. Harding came to my room, interrupted my class, and handed me a check for $1,000 – her tangible approval for our worthy cause! Imagine my surprise! My entire senior English class burst into spontaneous applause and subsequently created a student generated thank you card. The entire English Department is so grateful for Brenda’s generous donation.”

“I am so happy to help out the JHS students,” said Mrs. Harding. “I received this money from a car accident settlement and my husband and I wanted to donate part of it. When I heard what the English Department was doing I knew this was the right cause to donate to.”

The JHS English Department will continue to collect bottles and cans in an effort to continue to fill their scholarship coffers. The public can take their cans and bottles directly to the Southside Redemption Center and  JHS English Department account.


posted on 10/26/2011 - filed under: Spotlight