Dear Finland Families,
Few things make me more proud than seeing our students strive to give back and improve the lives of others. From something as small as a well-timed smile to acts as grand as donating rolls upon rolls of quarters, our students are often looking for ways to benefit their peers, their school, and less fortunate strangers. Already, 2019 has been full of examples of such thoughtfulness.
We kicked off the year with our annual Pennies 4 Patients drive sponsored by our student council. Students worked hard to find ways to donate. They were motivated after learning the impact their money could have on improving the lives of children with cancer through a visit from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Piggybacking off of that same initiative, we had classroom visits from the Red Cross which taught our students about the importance of donating blood and the impact it can have individuals in emergency situations. Students are encouraged to bring a family member on the evening of February 7th to donate blood during Finland Elementary's first ever blood drive. Each student who has a family member donate will receive a certificate of achievement for being a "Pint-Sized Hero" - a program run through the Red Cross. Please consider donating, as there is currently a nationwide emergency blood shortage.
As always, our students have continued to learn and lead using our Eagle Pride Expectations - Be Kind, Be Responsible, and Do Your Best. January was all about being kind, February will feature being responsible, and March will emphasize doing our best.
Our students, as always, are up to the challenge and continue being the best part of Finland.
Mr. Flynn is in his third year as principal at Finland Elementary. A former teacher in the South-Western City School District, he has also spent time as a building administrator with Pickerington Local Schools. When he is not at school building Finland's Eagle Pride, you are most likely to find him with his wife, Rhea, and his sons Dane and Mason.