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Feeling Thankful at MSS

Published:  November 15, 2017

ManchesterFoodCupboardMSS.JPGMaple Street School students put into action their reflections on the school’s monthly theme of gratitude with several projects aimed at sharing Thanksgiving with local and national families.
On Friday, Oct. 27, Maple Street hosted a middle school dance for all area schools, and asked attendees to donate a non-perishable item. The entrance fee and the non-perishable items were aimed at benefitting two area non-profits, the Manchester Food Cupboard and the Northshire Head Start Program. In addition, Maple Street School students have been asked to complete chores at home and donate their allowance to these causes as well.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Head of School Fanning Hearon, Student Council President Vinny Leonard and Vice President Livia Barclay delivered 230 non-perishable food items and a check for $500 to the Manchester Food Cupboard, to ensure that they were ready for the holiday season.
On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Maple Street School Student Council members will deliver nine full Thanksgiving dinners to the Northshire Head Start to assist families in need. Each basket contains a turkey and all of the fixings for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Shaws in Manchester offered a discount on the turkeys to help local families. Jennifer Galusha, the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for the Northshire Head Start will be on hand to collect the donations on Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at Maple Street School.
Three other projects at school have been aimed at helping schools in Houston and St. Croix recover from the Hurricanes that ravaged these areas. Maple Street students organized a book drive for Mauriceville Elementary School in Orange, Texas, a school whose library was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The Student Council collected and shipped 350 books and supplies to that school this week. The Samuelson family has been organizing relief for St. Croix after Hurricane Maria closed 11 of the island’s 15 schools. To aid the Samuelson’s effort, Maple Street School students have been collecting school supplies and raising funds through “Penny Wars” between the classes. In addition, the Maple Street fourth graders created and sold bookmarks and keychains to help support UNICEF and rebuilding efforts for those effected by natural disasters.
“It has been incredible to watch our Maple Street students open their hearts to both their nearby neighbors and to students halfway around the world,” said Fanning Hearon, Head of School. “They eagerly accepted the challenge to reflect on gratitude this month, and they have found so many ways to give back.”