Archive for Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mill Creek students collect $700 for Haiti

February 25, 2010

Students and staff at Mill Creek Middle School have the building’s mission statement down pat.

“Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve” was the inspiration behind the school’s drive to raise money for Heart to Heart International’s Haitian relief efforts through January and February.

On Monday, students presented a $700 check to David Moritz of Heart to Heart.

The proceeds from a boy’s basketball game and the student council’s concession stand sales contributed to the fund.

The week leading up to Valentine’s Day, the student council sold Valentine’s grams for 50 cents, with all money going to the fund.

Principal Tim Drake saw the fundraising as an opportunity to empower students to help their community.

“I think whether they know it or not they want to do a lot for the community,” he said. “It says a lot about our students and their parents because a lot of that comes from home.”

Drake said the idea to raise money for Haitian relief came immediately after the earthquake struck the region.

“Several staff members said we should do something as a school,” he said. “We just put our heads together to come up with ideas.”

The decision was make to take proceeds from a basketball game and sell the Valentine treats. The school chose Heart to Heart International because it was a local organization.

The students at Mill Creek embraced the school mission statement long before raising funds for Haiti relief.

Each year the school participates in multiple community service projects. Harversters Food Bank and Hoops For Heart are two yearly events students contribute to at MCMS.

Brittnee Bailey, seventh grade, said helping in the community made her feel good.

“I wish I was able to give more to them, because it’s terrible,” she said.

Brittnee said the school’s mission statement was a great opportunity for students to embrace helping others, even if they are in another part of the world.

“I think it’s unique because some people care about it, but I think it’s more important to care about other people than yourself.”

She said she hoped to one day help people for a living.

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