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MOUNT WASHINGTON - Shortly after Mount Washington Middle held a school wide food drive, sixth and seventh graders on the Dream Team decided to hold one of their own.
Dream Team social studies teacher Tara Long, who coordinated the drive with help from students and the MWMS Youth Services Center, said that while the initiative began as a competition, it became a life lesson in the importance of community service.
Long encouraged students to bring in non-perishable food items by offering them the chance to be named Citizens of the Month.
Students who brought the most items not only got the title, but homework passes in Long’s class.
The drive was originally supposed to last one week, but students asked if they could keep going until they broke their goal of collecting 1,000 items.
Long said students raided their parents’ cupboards, solicited donations and even used their allowances to purchase food.
“The kids just rocked out,” Long said. “They’ve been so excited about this.”
Within two-weeks the Dream Team collected a total of 1,112 items, which were delivered to Mount Washington Community Ministries, a local faith-based organization dedicated to providing assistance to those in need living in the Mount Washington area.
Long’s Citizens of the Month, Mitchell Wurtsmith, Logan Stoner, Halie Smith and Cooper Mahoney helped transport the donations to community ministries with students Emalyne Robinson, Brooke Taylor, Trever Smith and Chloe Britt, who were randomly selected to participate.
The students got to tour community ministries’ facility in Coakley Chapel on the campus of First Bapstist Church of Mount Washington.
As coordinator of the MWMS Youth Services Center, which links resources to students’ needs, Megan Hatter said she was thrilled to see students engaging in community service and realizing the impact they can have on the lives of others.
“It’s awesome,” she said.