December 2, 2015
Upper Arlington, OH -, First Lady of Ohio Karen W. Kasich and volunteers joined forces on December 1 to giftwrap much-needed new winter outer apparel for Columbus City School students participating in After-School All-Stars Ohio (ASAS). The non-profit organization provides comprehensive after-school programs to elementary and middle school-aged students. Volunteers wrapped more than 100 coats, 80 sweatshirts, 100 pairs of gloves, and 75 hats and scarves, which will be given to ASAS Ohio students before they leave for winter break.
According to Sienna Daniel, State Director for ASAS Ohio, community partners have been collecting new winter clothing items since early November, including Average Joe’s Pub, Metro Fitness, and Louise’s Needlework.
“We are especially thankful to corporate sponsors Walmart (Georgesville Road), L Brands, Microsoft, Hollywood Imprints, Arnold Sports Festival and Metro Fitness for donating and wrapping winter gear,” said Ms. Daniel. “Over 120 of our ASAS Ohio students in Columbus do not have a winter coat. Now these students will be able to stay warm while they walk home from school even on the coldest days.”
After-School All-Stars is a national program founded in 1992 by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Through his connection to Columbus with the Arnold Sports Festival, Schwarzenegger brought ASAS to Columbus in 2001. Ten years later, Governor John R. Kasich’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives expanded the ASAS program in Columbus to serve students across the state. Mrs. Kasich serves as the Honorary Board Chair for ASAS Ohio.
“I love the mission of After-School All-Stars Ohio. There’s nothing more important than making sure our kids are safe. Students get help with homework, participate in enrichment opportunities, and receive what for many of them is a last meal of the day,” said Mrs. Kasich. “The Governor and I are proud of After-School All-Stars commitment to help some of Ohio’s most vulnerable children and thankful to everyone supporting those efforts.”
ASAS Ohio currently provides students in low-income communities in Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo with comprehensive after-school programs that keep them safe and give them the tools they need to succeed in school and life. Learn more about how to get involved and support ASAS Ohio, call (614) 257-1678 or visit www.asasohio.org