St. Michael School student organizes food drive
CROWLEY – St. Michael Elementary eighth grade student Madison Miller, motivated by a television segment on hungry children, was recently inspired to initiate a fund raising activity with her classmates.
Miller approached her principal, Myra Broussard and asked if they could do a project to help feed the hungry children, both in Acadia Parish and around the world. Miller’s request embraced the gospel value of service in the NCEA theme for Catholic Schools this year, so the idea was met with matching enthusiasm from the administration and faculty of the school.
From there, Religion Administrator Penny Habetz and teacher Monica Guidry, along with the eighth grade class, decided to hold a penny drive to raise the funds.
The drive was fun and entailed a twist. Large containers were placed in the gym marked with the various grades. As coins were deposited, the grand total of each class rose. However, bills that were placed in the containers were deducted from the total of the container.
Students of the school enjoyed the competition, strategizing how best to end up with the highest total. The winning class received a pizza party.
The event was very successful and raised almost $1,000, and half was earmarked to go to Catholic World Missions that feed the hungry. This money aids in purchasing food or ways to generate food for those in need.