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MMS students set the bar high for holiday giving

Article Date: 
6 December, 2013 (All day)

Each year Morgan Middle School students begin celebrating the holidays by thinking of people who are in need.  Instead of focusing on their own Christmas lists, kids participate in a fund raiser to raise money for our local food pantry.
This year the competition came in the form of penny wars.  Three large plastic jars, labeled sixth, seventh and eighth grade sat in the front office so that students could deposit their donations daily.  Students would visit often to try and gauge a winner by the steady rise of coins and bills in each jar.
Principal Terry Allen said, “I am so proud of these kids raising money for people they don’t even know.  They have been so energized.  This is just an amazing student body. 
I can’t even imagine what they are going to do with the food drive.”
A competitive spirit, coupled with the spirit of giving, proved to be very successful for some students.  A group of enterprising students approached Ridley’s and asked them to donate donuts and hot chocolate.  Ridley’s happily obliged and these determined students braved the cold weather and sold these tasty treats in the Post Office parking lot.
Another student said she put $5 of her own money in because she wanted the seventh grade to win, but also because she knew it would really help people who needed it.
Talon Polad babysat his siblings while his sister Taylor went door to door with some friends asking for donations.  This dynamic duo raised $310 for this worthy cause.
Middle school staff would like to congratulate the students for the great job they did raising this money and the parents who helped.  
The student body officers were all present on stage when fellow officer McKenna Morrell presented a check to David Miller, who assists his wife Julie in overseeing the food pantry.  The check was in the amount of $2,256.56, which was a new record for the middle school.
Miller had a stroke about a year ago.  Because of this, he wasn’t working.  One day he was walking by the food pantry and saw that Tracy Kummer, former food pantry manager, needed help.  He helped her that day and every day afterward.  He was sad to see Tracy go, but thrilled at the opportunity to be able to help the community in an official capacity.
The Millers have done an amazing job assisting those in need and were thrilled.  “This money will help us so much,” commented Miller.
All the students were so excited about the funds that were raised, in the spirit of giving.  However, the seventh graders were feeling especially triumphant having won the competitive side of things. They were rewarded with a movie day and watched “The Emperors New Groove.”
Morgan Middle School would like to thank Goldenwest Credit Union for advertising this fundraiser on their marquee.   
The food drive begins on Monday, and Morgan High School students better put their game faces on because in years past, the middle school students have surpassed their elders in gathering food for this cause, and this particular student body is on fire this year.