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posted: Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015

Student Council Thanksgiving Drive raises over $625

In the spirit of giving, Mount Olive High School's Student Council sponsored a drive to raise money for local families in need prior to Thanksgiving. Student Council representatives went around to TAG rooms collecting money for the drive. After collecting money in 53 TAG rooms for one week, Student Council raised a total of $625.92.

Ms. Melissa Grossberndt, the Student Council advisor, was ecstatic with the response from MOHS students and faculty. "Thank you to all of the TAGs, and TAG teachers, who donated to Student Council's Thanksgiving Drive," she said. "This was nearly double the amount of money we raised last year and will go towards Mount Olive families in need this holiday season."

With the money raised, twenty-five gift cards in the amount of $25 each will be purchased and donated to the Mount Olive Township food pantry. The Township can then distribute the gift cards to needy families to purchase groceries for their families.

Mr. Grzywacz's homeroom collected an outstanding $117.85, the most out of any TAG, and will receive a bagel breakfast as a thank you for their collection efforts. The freshman class collected $277.20 of the total, the most of all grade levels, thus allowing them to keep possession of the spirit flag for the next Student Council event.

Arelys Chaparro, a member of Student Council, was one of the members responsible for collecting money each morning during TAG. Regarding the drive, she said, "I'm glad we had the opportunity to do this and help our our local community."

Dana Debrot, another Student Council member, agreed with Arelys and added, "This drive showed how we got the students involved, school-wide, and it shows how we can come together and do something nice for the community."

The Student Council members also collected nonperishable food items among club members that will be donated to local food pantries in addition to the gift card donations.

Student Council is currently in the midst of their preparations for Snowland, the annual semiformal on December 5th. They are also prepping for the winter pep rally and spirit week, which will be coming up in the middle of December.

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