The Big Game is in the history books, but there will be a lasting legacy in the Toledo community, thanks to several Toledo Public Schools.

That’s because these schools tied the age-old rivalry of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Michigan Wolverines to the desire to help people in their community.

In the weeks leading up to Saturday’s game (won by the Buckeyes, 42-28) students and staff at several of our schools brought in canned goods and personal hygiene products, declaring which team they wanted their donations to be put under, all the while collecting for those less fortunate than themselves.

Giving back to the community is a key component of the TPS Proud movement and these schools have embraced that philosophy.

Ottawa River Elementary wrapped up its three-week drive on Thursday, November 20, and the totals made it one of the most successful drives the school has ever had, Sarah Welly wrote to the families of the Point Place school. The goal was 1100 items and 200 new toys to be donated to the Mustard Seed food bank.

“In just 10 days you sent in....*drum roll please*... 2580 food and personal care items and 250 toys. The Buckeyes were our team that came out on top this year but as our principal said on the announcements today, "the real winners are the families in our community who will benefit from these donations."

Leverette Principal Angie Duckworth reported, "Tis the season of giving! Leverette students donated almost 800 canned goods to the Nothwest Ohio Food Bank this week. The Leverette staff also donated six Thanksgiving baskets to deserving families in our community."

The students at Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls had a barrel for OSU and one for the Wolverines and while there was a great deal of blue and gold in the halls, no word on which side got the most donations of canned goods and non-perishable items for a local shelter. (The scarlet and gray was the clear winner over at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys – at least among those students and staff who dressed up on the day before Thanksgiving).

East Broadway Elementary also celebrated a successful food drive with a Michigan/OSU dress up day, reports Chris Gulvas. (The allegiances seemed to be evenly split over there!) Birmingham Elementary reported holding a successful food drive, also with an OSU/Wolverine theme, with the items collected being donated to Waite High School for its Holiday Basket Program.

Over at DeVeaux Elementary, the results of the food drive were announced at an assembly on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. The students ended up surpassing their goal of 3000 items, finishing with 3,674 items.

Yup, Ohio State won this one too, with 2661 items collected in its name while the Wolverines chalked up 1013 items.

The donations were collected in partnership with Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4030 Douglas Rd., for the Crossroads Family Resource Center Food Bank at 4543 Douglas Rd.

Chad Henderly, principal of DeVeaux, said the students were challenged to be as generous as possible, since they earned a Jeans Day pass for 3000 cans, the winning average per student class won a pizza party and since they passed 3500 items, they won a Dress Down Day this Wednesday.

“This drive culminated with an assembly that [pitted] Buckeye fans against Wolverine fans in field day-type activities and recognition of the student efforts,” Mr. Henderly said.