Grants in Action | 2017/2018 School Year

Following the events in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018, a group of 6th graders from Hull Prairie Intermediate School approach the PSF about organizing a “Walk-Up Week” at HPI.

It was an attempt to address the overall attitude in schools that might make someone feel unsafe at school. They wanted to put on a week of programs, initiatives and challenges for their classmates to be nicer to each other, notice the student who may be sitting by themselves and just genuinely make the day better for everyone. These students took it upon themselves to develop a proposal for funding from PSF for bracelets for each student and staff member saying “I am HPI” and to create a positive atmosphere that week that they knew would continue beyond those 5 days in their school.

They reached out to PHS alumnus and MLB Pitcher, Burke Badenhop ’01 and Mayor of Perrysburg, Tom Mackin to get them involved with videos that were shown to the entire school. It was a great example of how young people can effect change.