Yearbook students Gisselle Vasquez, Emily Miracle, Matt Dinelli, Kelly Monk and Marissa Olson wrote the following article highlighting some of the generous acts of kindness Morris Community High School students and staff displayed this year. The efforts of all the students in the area of community service are appreciated and valuable.
From getting involved with the Morris Rotary Club to participating in annual Spring Week festivities, the MCHS student body has been hard at work this spring semester.
Interact Club, sponsored by The Morris Rotary Club, helped feed 200 local children every week this school year. These kids would not normally have meals on the weekends without this organization.
Through Thanksgiving, Interact Club adopted four local families and provided them with breakfast, a Thanksgiving meal and dessert. Interact Club sponsored a canned food drive to donate to We Care, a local food pantry. Also, in February, carnations were sold to MCHS students to help raise money for the events the club holds. Interact Club has made a tremendous impact on the community this school year. Similarly to Interact Club’s fundraiser, Mrs. Lowery came up with Helping Hands to help students in need.
“There are a growing number of students who are in need, whether because they are homeless, low-income, experienced a tragic event or are just going through a rough patch,” Lowery said.
This year, three fundraisers took place, through Morris Women’s Club, LuLaRoe, and Stella + Dot. With donations, they are able to help provide breakfast to students who do not get one at home and snacks to go along with their lunch at school.
Students, teachers and members of the community donate clothes including formalwear, T-shirts, spirit wear, shoes, coats and other accessories. Helping Hands allows teachers to lend a hand to students they believe are in need of help; they do this by contacting the organization’s three main advisers.
Throughout this school year, Helping Hands has made about 25 clothing donations and daily breakfast and snack distributions.
The National Honor Society at MCHS works together with I-Care International once a month for their annual service project. Within the past year, the NHS chapter spent nearly 350 hours serving I-Care. Student volunteers are responsible for preparing eyeglasses to send with professional optometrists who provide eye care to those who do not receive proper care.
Before glasses can be taken on a mission trip, they must go through a preparation process. First, the glasses are hand washed and sent to the reading machines. There, students read the prescription of each lens and the prescription is recorded.
Finally, the glasses are separated by their prescription. I-Care International has provided eye care for thousands of people around the world and it wouldn’t be possible without volunteers like NHS members.
This year, the MCHS Spring Week fundraiser took place on April 10-13. Spring Week is an entertaining event run by the student council that focuses on school spirit, charity and giving students energy to strongly finish out the school year. This year, Spring Week was dedicated in memory of Mark and Janice Wendling, two active members of the community who passed away unexpectedly this past summer.
With the motto, “When in doubt, pedal it out,” the students and faculty were reminded of the Wendlings’ love for bike riding. The student body raised a total of $1,600 throughout the week that went toward the funds for the Janice M. Wendling Education Scholarship and the Mark A. Wendling Engineering Scholarship.
The annual Spring Week celebration is a great representation of the kindness and charity embodied by many students at Morris Community High School.