"Everyone Loves Pizza Delivers to the Thomas A. Wildey School" By Nathan Grant
On May 19, 2014, club members of Everyone Loves Pizza donated 8 boxes of pepperoni and cheese pizza and breadsticks to the Thomas A. Wildey School (a school that serves ill and disabled children) in Owensville, Ohio. We delivered to two classes taught by Kelli Hahn and Joni Conover-Bacon. The children at the school were very happy. All were smiling. It really made their day. It's amazing how something as small and simple as pizza can make a big difference in a person's life. I look forward to reviewing more restaurants and donating more pizza next year.
You can see pictures above and in the Photo Gallery under News. From left to right: Nathan Grant, Sam Jenkins, Kayla Chisholm, and Kathryn Burress After delivering the pizza, club members spoke with Lisa Davis, the Community Relations Director for the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She interviewed us and wrote an article posted on Cincinnati.com. See the Article by Lisa Davis Below: "Nathan Grant thinks pizza is the best food in the world, and has felt this way since he was a little boy. Through the help of 100 of his closest friends, he is bringing the joy of pizza to several children and adults in the Cincinnati area.
Grant is a student at Cincinnati Country Day School in Indian Hill. His twin brother, Nik, was diagnosed with MPS II Hunter Syndrome when the boys were just three years old. After a hospital stay in 2013, Grant noticed his brother and the other patients didn’t have a lot of variety in their cafeteria-style lunches. One day, a local restaurant delivered free pizza to Nik’s hospital wing. Grant noticed an immediate change in the patients.
“Their faces just lit up and suddenly, everyone was enjoying themselves,” said Grant. “I knew I had to create a pizza club where this happiness could be spread to other groups.”
In September, 2013, Grant did just that. He began holding “Everybody Loves Pizza” club meetings in the Upper School of Cincinnati Country Day School where he is a member of the Class of 2016. The club meets every Monday after lunch; monthly, they choose one local pizzeria to review. Throughout each semester, the club rates the pizza and tallies the one that receives the best ratings. Then, the club personally sends the winning pizza to a local school or organization that serves individuals who have a special need in their lives—those who are ill, those who have a developmental disability, or those who simply need a pick-me-up from a healthy, delicious slice of pizza.
This semester, the club chose the Thomas A. Wildey School in Owensville as a recipient. Grant and fellow club members Kathryn Burress, Kayla Chisholm, and Sam Jenkins delivered a wide variety of pizzas to classes lead by Kelli Hahn and Joni Conover-Bacon. The Wildey students and their teaching staff had the opportunity to talk with the Pizza Club members, and were surprised that someone took time from their schedules to bring a special lunch to their school.
“We all agree this was one of the nicest things a group of high school students has ever done for our school,” said Lisa Davis, Community Relations Director for the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “Our students always enjoy meeting new people and stepping outside of their typical routine. Adding pizza to the mix was definitely a plus!”
More information about the Everybody Loves Pizza Club can be found online at www.clubpizza.net. Their site is full of pictures that include their pizzeria tours and donation stops. The site features a polling location where visitors can vote on their favorite pizza topping.
“This was such a nice way of giving back to the community,” said Davis. “We hope the Club continues to grow and wish them much success in visiting the next group on their list.”