2013 - 2014 Project List

6th Grade Chain Reactors - Advisors Drew Heller & Val Williams
The 6th grade Chain Reactors were very busy throughout the month of December making Christmas crafts for the residents at Heartland House in Wautoma and Preston Place in Redgranite.  Many families and teachers donated the supplies and time to make the beautiful cinnamon Christmas tree ornament.  On Monday, December 16th, half of the 6th grade Chain Reactors got on a bus to go deliver the gifts and holiday cheer to the many residents at Heartland House.  It was a great way to spread kindness and smiles to people in our community.

In February, the 6th grade Chain Reactors hosted the annual Valentine's Day Carnation Sale.  A number of students donated their time to sell carnations as well as deliver the carnations on Valentine's Day.  The profits of $124 were donated to the 5th grade Pajama Drive.  We know the importance of sleep and cozy pajamas make our nights that much more comfortable.  Thank you, 5th grade, for helping children get pajamas so they can sleep well and hopefully have wonderful dreams.

7th Grade Chain Reactors - Advisors Marsha Walejko, Mary Gogo, Sarah Koelemay, & Kristen Whitney
The seventh grade Chain Reactors decided to do one main event this year.  In October, they applied for a DPI AODA mini-grant to host the first "Hornet Fam Jam".  A small group of 7th grade students met numerous times and word very hard with Mrs. Walejko and Mrs. McCarthy-Cardoso to complete the application. In early December, we received the great news that our proposal had been accepted and we were awarded $1000 to make "Hornet Fam Jam" happen.  The 7th Grade Chain Reactors were divided up into many working committees to keep everyone involved.  The big night was Friday March, 7th, and  it was a great success!  We had many 7th graders working the event and 20 families attended the event.  The five sessions included: Critterrrman, Family Art Poster, Minute to Win it, Challenge Course, and Family Table Talk.  We received great feedback from the families that attended and are very proud of the outcome.  We look forward to the possibility of making this an annual event. 

Thank you to the following people for helping make this event possible:  7th Grade Chain Reactor members, Parkside Custodial Staff, Tom Rheinheimer and family, Deb Premo, Lafe Hendrickson, Mike Fretchel, "Critterrrman" Chris Langenfield, Lions Club, Sarah Koelemay, Kristen Whitney, Mary Gogo, Chandra McCarthy-Cardoso and Marsha Walejko


8th Grade Chain Reactors - Advisors Pat Wolff, Angie Rondello & Penny Meek

The first event for the 8th grade Chain Reactors involved a trip over to Riverview Elementary School and Redgranite Elementary School. The 8th grade Chain Reactor members read books to the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students.  Each of the books had a positive message about one or more of the character traits, and was followed up by some discussion questions.  Our goal was to encourage the elementary students to promote positive actions, which will lead to more positive actions.  

The second event for the 8th grade Chain Reactors included a variety of challenge days.  The first challenge day was "Wear Red" day in support of the Rachel's Challenge Program, which was the founding event for our Chain Reactors group.  The second challenge day was the "No REACH" day challenge for 8th graders only.  This challenge day encouraged and appreciated students for not having their name on the missing assignment list.  The third challenge day was "Positive Day".  Each grade was directed to have students, right away in the morning, place a piece of paper on their locker or desk.  Students were invited to write positive comments on other students' papers throughout the day.  The final challenge day was "Mix it Up" CPR day.  Each student was given the opportunity to mix it up by joining a different CPR for one day.