“What I like is they never give up when their job is hard or scary.”
That was one of the comments given by students at Big Walnut’s Law Officer Night of Appreciation on May 3 in the high school auditorium. Police from several local jurisdictions attended to hear presentations from students at all grade levels with drawings, artwork, letters, and speeches; followed by dinner.
The presenters included, from the high school: Alexandra Billings; Kaitlyn Morrison; Emily Thompson. From the middle school: Kelly Baldy; Madie Clawson; Alexa Demorest; Karlina Murnieks. From the intermediate and elementary schools: Gracyn Alexander; Shelby Damron; Claire Dixon; Josie King; Nathan Frankel; Alyssa Malone; Kyra Morgan; Charlee Noles; Delaney Rutte; Cadence Schuerman; Charlotte Staderman; Ava Tackett; Owen Wion.
The BWHS Student Council hosted the event. They came up with the idea as a response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people and wounded 17; as well as the deaths in the line of duty of Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, both earlier this year. The students want to show their support of the men and women in blue by recognizing their local heroes.
“Local businesses have generously contributed food and supplies as well,” wrote BWHS English teacher and advisor Angie Stooksbury in an email. Those donors were: Kroger, Sunbury; Chipotle, Westerville; PJ’s Pizza, Sunbury; Jet’s Pizza, Sunbury; Pizza Hut Pizza, Sunbury; Antonio’s Pizza, Westerville; Firehouse Tavern, Sunbury; Panera, Powell and Westerville; Subway, Sunbury; Jersey Mike’s, Sunbury; Tim Horton’s, Sunbury; McDonald’s, Sunbury; Wendy’s, Sunbury; Mi Sombrero, Sunbury; Ace Hardware, Sunbury; Molly’s Flowers, Sunbury; Home Depot, Westerville; Lowes, Polaris.
Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.