MCS Gives Back During Make a Difference Week: MHS SIBS and SNHS Galvanize Support for Mason Food Pantry Resulting in $17+ raised in 1 Week
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.
"Overall, the Mason families continue to amaze me and a few times their generosity brought me to tears. Especially those families that made Costco or Sam’s runs and brought HUGE bulk quantities of food to the community center - what a blessing!" said Laurie Mitroff, Mason mom and Make a Difference Week Chairperson. "Donations were consistent throughout the week and many people took advantage of the convenient one-stop drop at the Mason Community Center to drop off large bulk food items and warm winter wear."
This year, Mason High School's 118 SIBS (Students Involving and Befriending Students) and 196 members of the Spanish National Honor Society put together a wildly successful campaign for the Mason Food Pantry that resulted in Mason families raising over $17,200 for this year's food drive. The money collected will become $172,000 of wholesale-bought food for community members in need. The student co-chairs of the drive were Jordyn Mitchell and Charlie Mackenzie from SIBS, and Lauren Thomas from SNHS. The students were supported by SIBS advisor and School Psychologist, Jeff Schlaeger who promoted the drive on twitter and helped students coordinate wacky stunts like duct taping Assistant Principal Dan Distel to the cafeteria wall and "pie-ing" Band Director Bob Bass in exchange for donations.
"We are so inspired by these teens who are able to fit serving others into their schedules, and are choosing the Mason Food Pantry as the recipient of their good will. We deeply appreciate this spirit of altruism as well as the teachers and parents who are influencing their actions. Their efforts will go a long way toward helping fight hunger in our community," said Gina Brown, Mason Food Pantry Director.
The Mason Early Childhood Center and Western Row Elementary collected approximately 2,500 food donations to support their Reach Out Backpack programs which provides weekend food for their hungriest students.
Mason Intermediate School held a very successful coat/winter wear collection with the help of the Kiwanis K-Kids. These items will be used for MI Family Coat Night on November 5th, where MI families assisted by the Hunter’s Hope program can come to the school and shop for items to prepare them for the winter months. All remaining items will be donated to Interfaith Hospitality Network, which assists the homeless in Warren County.
The Mason Middle School Builder’s Club collected gently used sweatshirts and sweatpants, which are the primary “winter coats of choice” for teenagers! They then took them to the intermediate school to be used as part of the MI Family Coat Night. The Builders Club is a student-led organization with over 60 members who perform service, build character and develop leadership.
"A special thank you goes out to the Make a Difference Day chairs (Melissa Debrosse, Jill Kandell, Jennifer Leichman, Pam Tanghal and Jeff Schlaeger) whose leadership ensured smooth operations at each of the schools, and to the many, many volunteers who helped out each day. Lastly, thanks to the Mason school community who so enthusiastically supports Make a Difference Day each and every year," said Mitroff.