During this season of giving thanks, students, staff and families in Mason City Schools are reflecting on their blessings, and their responsibility to give back. The district recently concluded its Make A Difference Week efforts during the week of October 17.
Our five Mason schools sponsored various drives to support our local community and celebrate “neighbors helping neighbors”. Donations poured in at the end of the week with an amazing turnout, in thanks to the incredible generosity of Mason students and families.
Mason Early Childhood Center and Western Row organized food drives to support their Reach Out Backpack programs, which provide weekend food for their hungriest students. Around 4,000 food items were collected, all of which will be provided to students who experience food insecurity at home.
Mason Intermediate collected more than 1,000 gently-used coats and winter-wear items to be donated to the Coat & Winter Wear Giveaway Event sponsored by the Mason Food Pantry at Grace Chapel on November 7. The giveaway is designated for Mason families and food pantry patrons needing a helping hand to stay warm during the winter months. All remaining items will be donated to Interfaith Hospitality Network, which assists the homeless in Warren County. If anyone has any questions about the event, please contact Laurie Mitroff at 513.300.0599.
Mason Middle School’s Builders Club collected more than 200 new and gently-used sweatshirts and sweatpants, which are often worn by teenagers as coats during the winter months! These items will also be donated to the coat giveaway event along with MI's donations. The Builders Club is a student-led organization of more than 60 student members who are given the opportunity to perform service, build character and develop leadership.
Mason High School‘s Hope Club, a dedicated community service club, collected and delivered more than 13,00 personal care products to the Mason Food Pantry. As non-food items cannot be purchased with food stamps, these personal care products donated by the Hope Club will be greatly appreciated by Mason Food Pantry patrons who need items like shampoo and toothpaste.
"A special thank you goes out to the Make a Difference Day chairs and student advisors - Roman Malloy, Jennifer Leichman, Melissa DeBrosse, Joy Fowler, Amanda Davenport, and Nicole Paxton - whose leadership, vision and work ethic are unparalleled, and to the many, many volunteers who helped out each day," shared Laurie Mitroff, the coordinator of Make a Difference Week. "Lastly, thanks to the Mason school community who so enthusiastically supports Make a Difference Day each and every year."