MORRIS — School may not currently be in session, but that isn't stopping the Morris Community High School cheerleading teams from learning.
The Redskin cheer teams will be helping the hungry on three different occasions this summer.
On Saturday, June 30, they will learn about the hungry in Northern Illinois at the new Joliet satellite warehouse for The Northern Illinois Food Bank. They will take bulk corporate donations, sort them and repackage them into packages that will be delivered to needy families.
"We have a new slate of mothers on the booster club," Arloa Scott, secretary of the Morris Commnunity High School Cheerleading Booster club, said. "We wanted to get the girls out and teach them empathy and serving others. If they learn it when they are young, they will carry that into their adulthood."
On Thursday, July 12, the cheer team will be unloading a truckload of food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which is being donated by Ken Talty's Farmer's Insurance Agency at We Care of Grundy County in Morris. The girls will unload and then place the items on We Care's food pantry shelves.
"A lot of the businesses in town get hit up by all kinds of different sports teams," Scott said. "With what our girls are doing, people can see what they are supporting."
Scott said that the booster club is working toward a big goal.
"The mats that our girls do their tumbling on are in really bad condition," she said. "We are slated to host the conference meet this year, so we really need to raise funds for new mats. We had a car wash a couple weeks ago, and we will have more fundraisers. Until then, we are going to teach the girls to help others in the community."
The Morris varsity team members include seniors Taylor Byerly, Sophie Romak, Coutney Benson, Mariah Dunseth, and Jessie Vermillion, juniors Olivia Jenkins and Maddy Knapp, and sophomores Grace Scott, Frances Cummings, Taylor Ericson, Abby McKinney, Emily Estensen, Mackenzie Gerischer, and Evelyn Balderas. Junior varsity team members include sophomores Kyla Darling, Airis Kennedy, Alissa Walters, Amber Larkins, and Aspin Lindsay, and freshmen Brynn Hofreiter, Georgette Shugart, Bailey Snyder, Makayla Jones, Jocelyn Banuelos, Lilian Ochoa, and Kayla Nessinger. They are coached by head coach Ali Ergo and assistant Abbey Dergo.
A third event, which will be in August or September, will feature the cheerleading team helping PADS to provide meals to needy families.