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Ohio Tax Commissioner Delivers Paper Clips

Posted: 11/4/2022 Categories: Featured Links, District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News
In response to a recent story about Gahanna Lincoln High School teacher Jennifer Candor’s class working on a paper clip project, Jeff McClain, Ohio State Tax Commissioner, and members of his staff delivered two large trash cans full of paper clips to help the cause.

“I’d call it a wonderful coincidence,” Ohio Department of Taxation Deputy Director of Audit and Criminal Investigations Matt Chafin said. “I just saw the story about what these Gahanna students were doing, and the next morning happened to walk by our two big bins full of used paper clips that we removed from paperwork submitted by taxpayers. It’s almost like it was meant to be.”

Candor teaches World War II history at the high school and has the goal to collect six million paper clips to represent the six million individuals who died during the Holocaust. This project was originally done at Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee and now our GLHS students are working toward their own goal. The paper clip was chosen because Norwegians wore paper clips on their lapels during WWII as a silent protest against Nazi occupation.

“We have all witnessed events in our lives and wish we could make this a better place for our children, our community and our family,” Candor said. “This project makes the students think about how they can make an impact now.”

Candor began collecting paper clips with her students in 2014, when her students collected more than 15,000 during the first semester and doubled that to more than 30,000 collected during the second semester. To garner paper clip donations, each student in the class reaches out to ten people digitally and ten people via letter to ask for paper clips.

Candor’s students now have a lot more counting to do as McClain and members of his staff delivered paper clips to Candor on October 31. The Ohio Department of Taxation donation is estimated to be around 200,000 paper clips.

The paper clips that were a part of the donation came from people who filed their taxes by mail. Approximately 94 percent of Ohioans file their taxes online, but there are still six percent who file via mail. Although the Taxation Department requests that people do not use paper clips in their filings through the mail, the two bins represent the number of paper clips sent with the mail over the past two tax seasons.

This recent donation will hugely impact Candor’s goal of 6 million paper clips. The class currently has 1,605,213 paper clips before accounting for the recent addition. Once Candor and her students reach six million, a local artist will turn all paper clips into a sculpture representing those who died in the Holocaust.

“The efforts involved with this paper clip project are impressive,” McClain said. “All the students, over multiple years counting every single paper clip; the lessons learned will stay with them for a long time. That’s important because the horrors of the Holocaust and all incidents of mass inhumanity must never be forgotten.”

If you would like to make a donation of paper clips, you can mail them to Gahanna Lincoln High School (140 Hamilton Road, Gahanna, OH 43230) with a note on the envelope that it’s for the WWII class paper clip project.

Ohio Tax Commissioner Delivers Paper Clips

Posted: 11/4/2022 Categories: Featured Links, District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News
In response to a recent story about Gahanna Lincoln High School teacher Jennifer Candor’s class working on a paper clip project, Jeff McClain, Ohio State Tax Commissioner, and members of his staff delivered two large trash cans full of paper clips to help the cause.

“I’d call it a wonderful coincidence,” Ohio Department of Taxation Deputy Director of Audit and Criminal Investigations Matt Chafin said. “I just saw the story about what these Gahanna students were doing, and the next morning happened to walk by our two big bins full of used paper clips that we removed from paperwork submitted by taxpayers. It’s almost like it was meant to be.”

Candor teaches World War II history at the high school and has the goal to collect six million paper clips to represent the six million individuals who died during the Holocaust. This project was originally done at Whitwell Middle School in Tennessee and now our GLHS students are working toward their own goal. The paper clip was chosen because Norwegians wore paper clips on their lapels during WWII as a silent protest against Nazi occupation.

“We have all witnessed events in our lives and wish we could make this a better place for our children, our community and our family,” Candor said. “This project makes the students think about how they can make an impact now.”

Candor began collecting paper clips with her students in 2014, when her students collected more than 15,000 during the first semester and doubled that to more than 30,000 collected during the second semester. To garner paper clip donations, each student in the class reaches out to ten people digitally and ten people via letter to ask for paper clips.

Candor’s students now have a lot more counting to do as McClain and members of his staff delivered paper clips to Candor on October 31. The Ohio Department of Taxation donation is estimated to be around 200,000 paper clips.

The paper clips that were a part of the donation came from people who filed their taxes by mail. Approximately 94 percent of Ohioans file their taxes online, but there are still six percent who file via mail. Although the Taxation Department requests that people do not use paper clips in their filings through the mail, the two bins represent the number of paper clips sent with the mail over the past two tax seasons.

This recent donation will hugely impact Candor’s goal of 6 million paper clips. The class currently has 1,605,213 paper clips before accounting for the recent addition. Once Candor and her students reach six million, a local artist will turn all paper clips into a sculpture representing those who died in the Holocaust.

“The efforts involved with this paper clip project are impressive,” McClain said. “All the students, over multiple years counting every single paper clip; the lessons learned will stay with them for a long time. That’s important because the horrors of the Holocaust and all incidents of mass inhumanity must never be forgotten.”

If you would like to make a donation of paper clips, you can mail them to Gahanna Lincoln High School (140 Hamilton Road, Gahanna, OH 43230) with a note on the envelope that it’s for the WWII class paper clip project.