Every year Ridgeview High School Student Council organizes a Food Drive. This year our drive ran from November 17 to December 15th. All items that are collected are donated to the local Food Pantry of Colfax. This year we incorporated a friendly competition between Mentoring classes. Students brought in items to their Mentoring teacher and then on December 15th, grades 6-12 brought all their items and supplies to the HS Gym for a Winter Wondercan building competition.The top JH class was Mr. Ruiz’s class with a total of 440 items collected. The top HS class was Mrs. Schultz’s class with 393 items collected.
This year Cooksville and Colfax Fire Departments wanted to get involved and help with donations. Mr. Roger Clark helped Mrs. Schultz organize that. Each Fire Department donated 200 dollars each. Amazing! They went out and turned their donations into non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry. They dropped off their donations to the school and we used those items in our Winter Wondercan building. The HS office staff donated 200 non-perishable food items as well. All in all, our grand total of items collected was 3,112 items!! The HS Student Council volunteered their time and worked hard carrying all of those donations, during distribution after school on December 15th.
The Food Pantry of Colfax, wrote a Thank You letter to HS Student Council and our Community.
“Thank you. Two words that mean so much. The Ridgeview Food Pantry wants to say a huge thank you to our community. As you may know, the Food Pantry operates on donations. Your donations. We have been so blessed with a generous Community who give from the heart. We receive produce from local farmers. We get eggs every month from a couple who found out about the pantry and wanted to help. We get donations of cash from a local business. A couple in Cooksville brings us food every month. We get anonymous donations in the form of cash. One of the churches buys us hams for Christmas. The list goes on and on. Then comes the call from Mrs. Schultz from the school. The kids want to help.”
“My response was, “Sure, we can always use some extra canned goods!” Little did I know how much the kids had collected. The Fire Departments wanted to help too, so here I was expecting a couple of grocery bags. Well... It took us about four hours to put it all on the shelves. We are still putting things away. They had collected enough vegetables to last us 6 months! They also had peanut butter, cereal, canned meats, pasta sauce….and they collected it from you! Our generous, loving community who gave from your hearts, to feed your neighbors, a friend, or someone you have never met. That hasn't stopped you from giving. The song says there are Angels among us. I think they are right. I think it's you. Thank you!”
Thank you to everyone who donated, helped, volunteered, etc. Amazing things like this could not happen without the help of others. So, thank you for helping us, help others!
Veterans Day Breakfast
Ridgeview's NHS and FFA would like to honor those who have served our country by inviting veterans and their spouses to a breakfast on Friday, November 10, 2017. The breakfast will be held at Ridgeview in the cafeteria (APR); It will begin at 8:15 a.m. and will conclude at 9:15 a.m. Thank you-veterans for your service. We hope to see you there!
Ridgeview Jr./Sr. High School has been given a great opportunity to be able to work with a handful of nurses from the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University. The student nurses come to Ridgeview every Wednesday. Mrs. Schultz’s Health Education classes work with the nurses on a variety of topics. Last week, the nurses came in and talked about blood pressure with the students. They also took the students blood pressure. Then, the students were able to get to practice some hands on experience taking someone else’s blood pressure. The student nurses also did a personal hygiene presentation to all 6th-8th graders in Mr. Ruiz’s classroom. Each student went home with a personal hygiene kit that contained a; toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, shampoo/conditioner, and deodorant. Thank you ISU Student Nurses!
Do you often wonder what your blood pressure numbers mean? Doctors call them systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure.Knowing both is important and could save your life.
What Does the Systolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?
When your heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body. This force creates pressure on those blood vessels, and that's your systolic blood pressure. A normal systolic pressure is below 120. A reading of 140 or more is high blood pressure (also called hypertension).
What Does the Diastolic Blood Pressure Number Mean?
The diastolic reading, or the bottom number, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. This is the time when the heart fills with blood and gets oxygen. A normal diastolic blood pressure is lower than 80. 90 or higher is high blood pressure.
In December we were blessed to have six former Ridgeview students return to school to talk to our current students about their experiences in college, the work force, and the military. It was great to hear about all the wonderful things these students have accomplished since graduating from Ridgeview. We hope that listening to their stories will help inspire more of our students to keep striving towards their college and career goals. Thanks to Josh, Paige, Taylor, Arden, Wes, and Adam for taking time out of your busy lives to speak with our students!
These 7 students took time out of their day to help with the Annual Food Drive distribution day. Thank you to: Katelin, Mitch, Journey, Kelly, Jacob, River, and Lexie for helping on 12-15-16. YOU made a difference!!
Shout-out to all of the students, grades 6-12 who made our Annual Food Drive a success this year!! We raised $210 in cash donations and 560 non-perishable food items!! YOU made a
difference!!! Thank you! - Mrs. Schultz