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Olivet Middle School

Terry Sedlar, Principal,

4th & 5th Grade

and

Jessica Yearling, Principal

6th - 8th Grade


255 First Street

Olivet, Michigan 49076

Phone: (269) 749-9953

Fax: (269) 749-9701

Cutting Board Fundraiser Update

Dear OMS Families:

As I look forward to a fresh start here at OMS, there is some unfinished business to attend to. Last year, in an attempt to purchase new computers for our district, there was an idea to utilize our Industrial Arts Program to create and sell hardwood, Michigan cutting boards. As this was an ambitious undertaking, we simply oversold our supply and over stepped our capability of producing such a large amount. Originally we expected to sell around 500. In the end we sold over 1500 and produced well over 1200 boards and distributed them to the community.

Even though we have experienced some setbacks, I am still very optimistic. We have a new leadership team in the middle school that is SUPER supportive and willing to help “clean-up” this situation. The good news: We were able to purchase several sets of Chromebook computers for our middle school students that are utilized by hundreds of students everyday! The bad news: The community was left hanging, waiting for a LONG time for their cutting boards with some not being delivered. It wouldn’t be right to leave things this way.

The PLAN:

To make things right, several volunteer students, parents, teachers, administrators, and myself will be working on making more cutting boards. We will be making a minimum 50 per month and will have them available in the middle school office by the last Friday of each month until we hit our 300 goal. Unfortunately, the person responsible for keeping track of the orders didn’t keep accurate records and is no longer employed at OMS. Therefore, in an attempt to make things right, we will have to work on the honor system. If you have already purchased a cutting board and would like to still receive it, feel free to stop by and pick it up in the office at the end of the month. We trust you. You trust OMS with your child everyday which is WAY more valuable than a $20 cutting board. Please accept my apologies as we try to make things right for everyone involved.

PLEASE, PLEASE, be patient. I am not using class time for this project. Students enrolled in the Industrial Arts Program have many exciting projects they need to be working on for themselves and for their overall grade. I have a challenging, rigorous curriculum I have put together for the 6-8th Grade Industrial Arts Students that won’t involve a repetitive project such as this. Therefore, please keep in mind that we are working on producing the cutting boards after-school and on weekends so production will be slower than it was last year.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of our programs at OMS!

Sincerely,

Keith Schadler, OMS Industrial Arts Teacher

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