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MHS Senior food drive to success


Marshfield Seniors have been finishing their senior projects for the last few months. These projects have ranged from concerts, diaper drives, 5k runs, and many others focusing on improving themselves, the school, or the community. One senior has wrapped up her project with incredible success.

When trying to figure out her senior project, Riley Manary knew what she wanted to do: "I have a big heart for serving. When the seniors had to start brainstorming what we wanted our project to be on. I want to do something that has not been done before. I decided to have a food drive that benefited not only kids but also the local backpack program because it is funded by donations only."

After gaining approval from the Central office and both schools' principals, Manary worked out a food drive competition with Webster and Shook Elementary students. "I was a little nervous at first, so I thought, maybe I need to give them some motivation. So I had the winning classes receive donuts as a prize." To her surprise, the students, teachers, and families donated 7,643 non-perishable food items to the program. "I was definitely not expecting it to be such a success. I had to collect from each classroom and count them by hand, it was a lot."

Manary expressed gratitude to everyone involved in the drive, "Thank you to all the kids that brought in items, My mom, who helped me organize and give me background on the backpack program. I also wanted to thank Price Cutter for donating the donuts for each winning class and the Central office and principals for letting me do this."

If you want to donate to the Marshfield School backpack program, contact the Webster Elementary Counselor Julie Manary at 417-859-2120 ext. 3037 or email her at Julie.Manary@mjays.us.


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