Teacher (and grillmaster) Sean Mercer working the new OHSPA-purchased grill.
Thanks to the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association, junior high students are grilling in style during team-building activities.
Through its annual wish-list funding program, OHSPA funded the request for a $700 commercial grill from JH Advisories. The JH Advisories had been using an older, smaller grill to cook for the 160-plus students who attend the outdoor activities at which food is served.
“We were able to serve more kids more quickly, and it really helped the event run more smoothly,” said junior high guidance counselor (and acting assistant principal) Darcy Browne. “On behalf of the Advisories' teachers, staff, and grillmaster Sean Mercer, we say ‘Thank you!’ to OHSPA.”
JH Advisories brings together three types of activities under one name. Repeated every nine weeks, the advisory activities are focused on showing spirit (usually activities around Homecoming), service (the most recent was a supply-drive for victims of Hurricane Dorian), and social (“Unplugged” events where students turn off their phones and hang out together).
The grill debuted last week and definitely had the intended effect of making the Unplugged events more social, said Mrs. Browne.