Wooster City School District was recently named the recipient of the prestigious Stanleys’ Cup Award by United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties at the organization’s annual meeting. This is the first time the honor has been given to a school district in the award’s history.
The United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties Stanleys’ Cup award is given in honor of two Stanleys: Stanley Welty Jr., who was President of Wooster Brush Company, and Stanley Gault who was CEO of Rubbermaid and Goodyear Tire. Both men are remembered fondly as local philanthropic leaders in the community.
To be selected for this award, a recipient must demonstrate a dedication to local operations, active volunteerism, community engagement from company leadership and sharing of internal expertise with the community.
According to Todd Jasin, Executive Director of United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties, Wooster City Schools was very deserving of this year’s award for the district’s impressive commitment and unparalleled support of United Way.
“Wooster City School District is one of United Way’s biggest supporters,” said Jasin. “Wooster’s staff ambassadors spearheaded volunteering opportunities in each of the buildings and continually organized activities to engage their teams in the United Way campaign throughout the year.”
Some of the United Way activities that Wooster City Schools participated in this year included: the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day of Service, which was the largest volunteer service day in the region; Reading Under the Lights, where students and families gathered on the football field to read with local celebrity readers; and the Heart & Sole Community Walk/Run, a race to reduce poverty.
In addition to participating in these activities, a majority of Wooster’s staff members participated in the Bridges Out of Poverty workshops and United Wednesday, again raising both funding and awareness for community issues. The staff also made donations to the district’s “Giving Tree” and students sold ornaments they created during the holiday season.
“We are so incredibly grateful to United Way for selecting our school district to be this year’s recipient of the United Way Stanleys’ Cup Award,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “We are happy to be able to be a part of such a wonderful organization and to focus on moving people out of poverty. We truly relish our partnership with United Way and are a stronger educational delivery system because of them.”