Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Food Drive Exceeds Expectations

MHS Food Drive
by Cassidy Kelley
   For many years MHS Student Council has hosted the annual food drive for needing families. Hosted by sponsors Mrs. Goddard and Mrs. Owens, MHS seeks to exceed the number of goods raised in the past.
   Student Body President Mandy Carroll and Chair of the Food Drive Brett Green have worked together to make this year’s food drive a very successful one indeed. In an overall community total, which includes the elementary schools, over 11,000 canned and nonperishable goods were collected for Churches in Mission.
   “Our total this year is much higher than the 938 we had last year,” Carroll said.
   In order to get all of the goods from each elementary school, the Student Council kids were assigned a ‘field-trip’ day so they could go to each school to pick up the goods and transport them to Churches in Mission. North Madison Elementary nearly came to MHS’s total of 4,749, but still had a gracious amount of 4,093.
   Mrs. Laura Brown, an instructional assistant at MHS, has also been serving on the board for Churches in Mission for the past two years. They group was worried that they weren’t going to have very many donations to feed families over the holidays, but now she says that they will be able to feed an average of over 800 families in poverty.
   Churches in Mission spends nearly $1500 per week on food to stock the shelves, and even then they usually rely on grants because food can’t be donated on a regular basis. Their biggest need is for food.
   “If people can be fed, they still have hope,” Brown said. “When they’re hungry, hope flies out the window.”
   Brown says that she is very pleased with this year’s outpouring of goods. It restores her faith in the coming generation to see them caring for people outside their own social group.
   “Students are leading the way to us adults on how to get involved,” Brown said.
   Mandy Carroll, Brett Green, and all the students involved in Student Council worked to make this year’s food drive successful.
   Mrs. Goddard, MHS’s media specialist, has been a sponsor for Student Council for the past twelve years and counting. Mrs. Owens has been with her for the past three years and Mrs. Perkins before that. Mrs. Goddard claims that this is the best year that the high school has ever had when it comes to collecting canned goods.
   “The social network definitely helped,” Mrs. Goddard said.
   Congratulations to Mooresville High School on a job well done.