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Timely delivery: Superheroes give supplies to Myers Elementary

POSTED: February 26, 2009 12:42 a.m.

High school superheroes fly in

Watch North Hall High School students dressed as superheroes deliver school supplies to students at Myers Elementary School.

TOM REED /The Times

North Hall High School student Blayne Gilmer, dressed as Superman, talks with a group of Myers Elementary School third-graders Wednesday while delivering school supplies.

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A few caped North Hall High School students swooped into Myers Elementary School and saved the day by dropping off school supplies to every classroom.

Dressed as Superman, Supergirl, Captain America, The Flash and Spider-Man, North Hall students delivered 40 bags of pencils, paper, scissors, glue, backpacks and tissues Wednesday to Myers students. North Hall students have been collecting school supplies for the elementary pupils since January as part of the school’s Jostens Renaissance program, which provides students with good grades discounts to local businesses.

Beverly Buffington, the front office receptionist at North Hall High, said she helped coordinate the school supply drive to provide students an outlet for community service.

In a competition against the other grades, the high school’s senior class collected the most school supplies in the past month. North Hall students Blayne Gilmer, Chase Staub, Julia Matthews, Tyler Browning and Kelsey Marlatt were the lucky office assistants who got to don superhero garb Wednesday.

Wearing red underwear on the outside of his blue tights and sporting a giant ‘S’ on his chest, Gilmer reminded Myers students he got where he is now because he studied in school.

"Study hard," he told the kids. "Keep on reading."

Myers students had questions for the superheroes. One student asked Gilmer if he was married to Supergirl.

North Hall High Principal Joe Gheesling and Assistant Principal Harold Daniels, who was dressed as Batman, helped deliver the packages to students.

"He wouldn’t give the Batman outfit back to me," Buffington said of Daniels, who sported the costume earlier this month at the North Hall Renaissance rally where students were recognized for last semester’s grades.

Buffington said Gheesling had the idea to extend the Renaissance program’s superhero theme to the Myers Elementary School supply delivery. Vicki Gheesling, assistant principal of Myers Elementary and wife of Joe Gheesling, conjured up the school supply drive plan with her husband.

Buffington said she’s working to give the school’s Renaissance program a new face.

"We’re trying to make Renaissance a thing where kids don’t just get things; they give things back to the community," she said. "... (Joe Gheesling) told us about the need here (at Myers). I’m sure we also have need in our community, but the need here seems greatest now."

Vicki Gheesling said she is glad to have high school students interacting with the elementary pupils.

"Developing this kind of relationship makes our kids see this is why they’re working so hard — to get to high school," she said. "... And we can always use school supplies. Always."


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