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Students help the homeless


After gaining approval from school and district administrators, the class brainstormed what kind of donations to receive and the best ways to go about collecting those donations. Students used Facebook posts, school announcements and flyers posted in the school hallways that were also sent home with students as the primary methods of communication to get their donation drive started. They also created a little friendly competition among middle school classes to see which one could collect the most items.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, other students at HCMS and the hard work of Mrs. McMahan’s students, 35 string backpacks were filled with a blanket, winter accessories like gloves and hats, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste and McDonald’s food certificates. Perhaps the most important item in the backpack was a personal letter of encouragement for the recipient.

Students in Mrs. Guthrie’s class collected nine items to claim sixth place in the collection competition at HCMS. Ms. Esterle’s class brought in 10 items. Fourth place went to Mr. Rogers’ class with 115 items. Students in Mr. Mings’ class collected 232 items for third place. Mrs. Doane’s class brought in 512 items for a second-place finish. But earning first place in the collection competition with a whopping 562 items collected was Mrs. McMahan’s class, who will earn a reward pizza party for their generosity.

Several individuals contributed to the collection effort. Mrs. McMahan’s community service class would like to thank Karen Wilson of the Youth Services Center for donating the backpacks; George Saliba of McDonald’s for the food certificates; HCPS Superintendent Terry Price for his donations; and lastly, every sixth-grader and their families who brought in items every day, resulting in a very successful project that will positively impact others.

The class has already chosen its next service project, which will be a collaborative effort with the Youth Services Center. During the week of Sept. 17, students will host a school-wide canned vegetable drive to support the work done by the Henry County Help Center in Eminence.

All Henry County Middle School students will be asked to “Be a Super Hero” by bringing in canned vegetables to provide for families in need. Students will be encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero on the final day of the drive, and the grade level that donates the most canned vegetables will win a pancake party thanks to the Youth Services Center.

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