Several school buildings and student groups across Bloomfield Hills Schools took the initiative to support students at Oxford schools following the recent tragedy in the neighboring district.
Several elementary schools helped create a winter wonderland for returning Oxford elementary students. The Lone Pine Elementary and West Hills upper elementary students designed paper snowflakes, paper chains, and thoughtful cards, while their families donated white lights and white trees. Conant Elementary staff and the PTO also helped organize a collection of winter decorations to create welcoming environments at Oxford schools.
Bloomfield Hills Middle School students created hundreds of handmade hearts with kind and encouraging statements, all of which were constructed into a giant “O” for Oxford. BHMS staff coordinated the effort, and the message of support was delivered to Oxford Middle School to be displayed as the students returned to school.
West Hills Middle School held a Spirit Week, with students dressing up each day in a different theme and donating money each day. Donations will go to the Oxford Community Memorial and Victims Fund through Oxford Bank. On Monday, the students wore blue and yellow to show support for the Oxford community. By the end of the week, every West Hills student will have received an Oxford Strong bracelet.
Student leaders at Bloomfield Hills High School asked students to wear blue and yellow for a day, resulting in a sea of those colors on display. In addition, high school students painted the large rock just outside the student parking lot with a bright blue color and a yellow “Oxford Strong” message. The boys basketball team wore Oxford Strong t-shirts and had a moment of silence at the opening home game. Music students at BHHS recorded a video of various musical groups performing the Oxford High School Fight Song to show their support. And, the BHHS boys hockey team sold blue and yellow leis at a recent home game to raise funds for the Oxford community.
The parent association at the International Academy (PTIA) created a banner for their fence that all students were encouraged to sign. They also are selling “Oxford Strong” yard signs where all funds raised will be deposited into the official victims’ accounts at the Oxford banks.
If you would like to send donations in support of Oxford victims and their families, please visit the Oxford Community Schools website.
If you have notes, cards, or other items to send, please send them to:
Oxford Community Schools
c/o Anita Qonja Collins
10 N Washington
Oxford, MI 48371
Other schools or student groups who have coordinated efforts on behalf of the Oxford community are welcome to share photos and information to firstname.lastname@example.org.