In 2020, staff members raised $1,254 to put towards the purchase of Blaze Orr’s 251-pound market hog. Orr is a senior student enrolled in the Energy Operations lab at BCC. The hog was bought for $1,004 during this year’s online Junior Fair auction.
The hog was processed by BCC’s own Meat Cutting, Deli, & Bakery students and instructor Mr. Scott Ripley. It resulted in 136 pounds of ground and packed sausage donated to the Greater Dover New Philadelphia Food Pantry. Pantry representatives Mike and Doris Finley graciously accepted the three boxes of meat on November 12, 2020. “During the pandemic, we have had meat regularly. We like to offer a balanced diet but sausage is a unique offering for our families,” stated Mike Finley. “We are extremely grateful because we are currently giving out 54,000 pounds of food a week, compared to over four years ago when we were averaging 45,000 pounds a week,” he said. Buckeye Career Center Superintendent Bob Alsept is thrilled that the staff still found ways to give this year and support a student, despite the pandemic and trying times it has created. “It is a different year but the need has only increased. We are always happy to do this but this year is extra special,” commented Alsept.
In addition, the remaining $250 was presented as a check to Tuff Bags coordinator Lisa Walker with the Tuscarawas County Health Department. The money will help purchase food to fill 480 meal bags that are packed and distributed each weekend to 539 students in the Dover, Indian Valley, Newcomerstown, Claymont, and Strasburg school districts. They are also supplied to students at Harcatus Head Start programs.
Staff members began raising money the month of the auction and contributions were given by teachers, instructors, support workers, administration and others. This is the 10th consecutive year that staff members have raised money to purchase a hog from a student, raising a total of $10,232 over the years. The effort was spearheaded this year by Alsept’s secretary Mrs. Sherry Cardani, with assistance from high school secretary/marketing representative Mrs. Julie Beaber.