MHS Student Council organize food drive to benefit Salvation Army

MANISTEE — Manistee High School Student Council adviser Sam Joseph takes a proactive approach to what his students get out of that organization.

Members of the Manistee High School Student Council held a non-perishable food drive and collected more than 500 items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry. (Courtesy photo)

Members of the Manistee High School Student Council held a non-perishable food drive and collected more than 500 items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry. (Courtesy photo)

Joseph sees student council as an extension of the classroom, and he challenges them to use it as a stepping stone to be the leaders of tomorrow. One of the ways he does that is by breaking them off into committees to perform community service type projects.

“My goal is to just get them out in the community doing things and they have to take the reins from there,” said Joseph. “These are the leaders of tomorrow and from what I can see they are good hands.

Student council members Jeremy Wood, Nicole Weaver and Olivia Smith recently combined to organize a non-perishable food drive to benefit the Salvation Army food pantry.

“We wanted to do something for the community for the holiday,” said Wood.  “They told us that they were running low on perishable items.”

Wood said they would remind the student body every morning over the announcements.

“We had really good participation that brought in more than 500 items that we donated with a lot of it being canned food,” he said.

Weaver said it is important for the students to realize they can make a difference in the community.

“I think it is pretty important to get the school involved in the community and make the students aware of what other people have outside our school and to help out,” she said.

Smith said it took the students a little time to warm up to the idea, but then it really took off.

“At first there wasn’t a lot of participation, but then by the end of the week it took off and that was especially true with the band as they brought in 300 items and they really got into it,” Smith said.

Joseph said the students did a great job and that their leadership qualities really came to the forefront.

“I am always impressed by their work,” he said. “They came up with the idea for this food drive and took the reins and ran with it. They advertised it, facilitated it, did all the contact and leg work. When it was slow in the beginning they did all the legwork to get more people involved including the middle school.”

Wood said that the other Student Council committees are in the process of planning projects during the school year.

“They are all community involvement and awareness projects and our plans are to do them all the way until May,” he said.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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