News News Stories — 13 December 2011
News:  Student organizations help local charities during holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, clubs at Rock Creek are not only planning their annual Christmas parties, but some are also busy giving to people in need around the area.

This year, Student Council and the National Honor Society are donating canned goods and mittens to the Wamego Community Health Ministries. The health ministry in Wamego serves people in both Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee counties. Donations given to the ministry are given to local food pantries and individuals or groups in need.

“Wamego Health Ministry is a great cause, and I think that it is wonderful for the students at Rock Creek to be contributing to people in need,” sophomore Dani Finchman said.

Stuco hosted a canned food drive during the week of Nov. 14-18. Students participated by bringing in canned goods before school started. To ensure that students would bring in cans, there was a challenge among advisors to who could donate the most canned goods. At the end of the week, the advisor with the most cans would receive a party sponsored by Stuco. The juniors in Jeri Brummett’s advisor ended up defeating all the other advisors with71 cans, only four more cans than the second-place advisor of Richard Dugan and Tori Sieben. The challenge proved to be successful. Stuco was able to donate 268 canned goods to the Health Ministry on Dec. 2.

Stuco president Jacob Miller said, “The competition proved to be very successful. There were a lot of students donating cans.”

Also, Stuco is participating in the USD 323 Christmas Bureau this holiday season. Stuco will adopt a family that is located around the area, and then they will provide food and presents in which the family may need. The Parents as Teacher (PAT) notified the group of the project, and Stuco became very interested.

“I was very excited to help. We will be making things easier for a family in need during the Christmas season,” junior Shannon Oakley said.

NHS decided to begin a new tradition this year, a mitten tree. Students could bring in mittens, scarves and even hats to donate. Their donations were placed on the Christmas tree, which was located in the lobby of the high school. The tree was quickly covered in mittens hanging off of branches, and scarves draped around the tree like decorations.

NHS sponsor Donna Hawkins said, “The mitten tree was a great cause, and we would enjoy continuing the tree in future years.”

By Katie Hodges, Yearbook Editor in Chief

Photo by Mason Swenson, Technology/Photography Editor

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