Although it has been unbelievably cold outside lately, I’ve been excited to see our students involved in different activities that can warm the heart. One of those activities is the blood drive that is sponsored by our Sterling Scholars and Mountain Star Blood Services. For this drive, our students donate blood to help those in medical need. This effort is greatly needed and appreciated throughout the state. Another activity is our upcoming Operation Smile Event. This fundraising evening has become an annual event sponsored by our National Honor Society students and faculty advisors. Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives. They are a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. (http://www.operationsmile.org) When a child is born with a cleft Ó he or she is often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some areas of the world, these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life. That is where the students, parents, and community of Morgan have come together. In the past few years, we have raised enough funds to support 32 surgeries to help these children gain confidence and the ability to function in society. The efforts of students and staff are well appreciated to bring this evening of family fun and games to fruition and to help us remember that each of us has the ability to help others. Over the past 30 years, Operation Smile has been able to fund 200,000 operations at no cost to the children or their families. On Friday, Jan. 18, after the boys’ home game, come join in the fun and support our National Honor Society students as they endeavor to change the lives of children around the world.
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