Annual SHHS Thanksgiving Meal Project to feed 175 families
SHHS News - 11/19/14
Over the last two months, students and staff at Smoky Hill High School have been hard at work collecting donations to provide Thanksgiving Meal Baskets to community members in need.
Led by counselor Chau DiMatteo and dean Sarah Watts, this year's efforts produced 175 baskets for families in need, up 25 percent from last year.
Fund raising included community-building events like the traditional chili cook-off and turkey coloring contests and new this year, and widely successful, was Canvass and Cocoa hosted by art teacher Gayle Brown. But the majority of money was raised through the Silent Auction and Miracle Minute. Groups around the school donated baskets for the Silent Auction - including five from the National Honor Society - which raised almost $4000. The Miracle Minute, coordinated by Student Government, raised nearly $1500 in one minute from the students of Smoky Hill.
The Buffalo Traders put together and organized baskets for classrooms to collect canned and boxed goods for the baskets. NHS and the Smoky Hill Ambassadors organized and collected all the donated food. Later this week, volunteers from the community will meet in the Lecture Center to assemble the baskets that will go out into the community.
As in previous years, requests for baskets were made directly by the families in need from all the Smoky feeder schools, both middle school and elementary. We are proud that the Smoky Hill community works together every year to ensure that all requests for baskets are met. It's community initiatives like this that make is great to be a Buff.