Mrs. Dix taught Mr. Cipar’s students how to make pillowcases in order to donate them to Ryan's Case for Smiles. The students made 20 pillowcases in all! The brightly-colored pillowcases are donated to children in hospitals around the world. Participating in the project were William Geib, Lucas Graybill, and Brody Bellinski. Not pictured were Christian Roberts and Remington McIntosh. The pillowcase project is an Ohio State Grange initiative.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles was founded in 2007 by Ryan's parents, Cindy and Gavin Kerr, and is located in. Cases for Smiles is designed to bring comfort and to support young patients and their families. Over 75,000 children have received a pillowcase each year. Over 362 hospitals participate in the project and more than 2,300,000 pillowcases have been handed out thus far. Ryan was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 and had 15 surgeries plus the amputation of his right leg. He kept his spirits up and graduated from both high school and college and lived his life to the fullest.