Lanesville’s ELF helps 52 children
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
During the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees’ meeting last Tuesday evening, goodbye was said to board member Chan Bailey, who did not seek re-election after serving one four-year term. Succeeding him will be Jaycen Abell.
“What makes the Lanesville community so great is that everyone bans together through any situation to find the best possible solutions,” Robert (Bob) Schickel, board president, said. “Chan is a great example of our community in that sense, and he will be sorely missed on our board.”
School superintendent Steve Morris told the board that the annual Lanesville ELF (Embracing Lanesville Families) program shopping day was able to take place last week. Students from Lanesville Junior-Senior High School were able to help on the shopping day and were given $160 to spend per child for toys and clothes. The program helped 52 children receive gifts this year, and they were distributed on Saturday.
“It is just such a great day when we are able to go out and shop with students for others in our community,” Morris said. “Meijer, where we shopped in New Albany, was gracious and kind enough to knock $2,000 off our final bill, which was incredible. We will be able to put that money back in the ELF fund and use it to provide dinners for families now.”
The ELF program extends further than the junior-senior high school, as Lanesville Elementary School has an ELF canned food drive.
Lisa Hammond, principal at the elementary school, told the board the students were able to raise $1,779 and collect 3,586 cans of food to be donated to local food pantries in the surrounding area.
In other business at the meeting, the board passed a resolution to move $173,000 from the Education Fund to the Operations Fund. Morris said this is something they do quarterly and is comparable to amounts moved in the past.
The board approved the hiring of a baseball coach for the spring season. Jon Will is a 2016 Lanesville graduate and previous baseball player for the Eagles. Will also played baseball at Spalding University and has been an assistant coach to previous head coach Zach Payne for the last few years.
Morris ended the meeting on a positive note, saying he hopes to see the second semester of school go the way the first has, with a minimal amount of eLearning days.
“I’m looking forward to having this semester wrapped up,” Morris said. “Hopefully, we can continue our in-person school for the second semester. Without the work everyone does — from the kitchen staff to the teachers to our Lanesville families — we wouldn’t be able to make this happen.”
The board’s next scheduled meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m.