SGA Organizes K-12 Food Drive
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 24th, 2012
Last week, Milton Academy participated in a food drive, collecting donations of canned foods for the Milton Community Food Pantry. Organized by the head monitors and the SGA, the food brought in by students will help more than 600 income-eligible Milton locals. Originally proposed during an SGA meeting last year, the food drive provides an opportunity for Milton Academy students to give back to the community surrounding campus.
Both head monitors and the SGA took on the challenge of the food drive in order to motivate students to make a difference through community service. By donating all the proceeds to a Milton town pantry, the school hopes to strengthen the bond between Milton Academy and the local area. Also, with the lower, middle, and upper schools unified in their efforts, this project may help stimulate cooperation within Milton Academy on community projects.
The commitment of the student body was a key component for the success of this event, SGA members’ preparation made the Food Drive possible. Schnoor explained the planning process: “We met with facilities to find a place where we could publicly display all of the food we collected, administrators to work on incentives for people to bring items in and Mr. Carter, the head of K-8, to figure out how to get the lower and middle schools involved.”
The planners of the event focused on finding creative ways to motivate and enthuse Milton students. Displaying the donations publicly and offering incentives, such as no assembly on the day before March vacation, were both important to fostering excitement around campus; however, head monitors Tom and Molly had also planned to bring out the competitive nature in each Milton student through a competition with Nobles, but were ultimately not able to.
Liam White (III) explains, “[Milton] looked to challenge Nobles with the food drive to motivate students, and to create a rivalry event that supports a good cause.” Unfortunately Nobles had already done a similar food drive in the fall and couldn’t meet the challenge Milton presented them with.
Much of the faculty is supporting the fundraiser as well as going above and beyond to guarantee the success of the event. Head monitor, Molly Gilmore enthusiastically shares how “the entire Milton community, Kindergarten through 12th grade as well as faculty, staff and administrators have all been taking part to help local people in need.”
At past Monday’s assembly, Mr. Bland showed his enthusiasm for the Drive and expressed his hope that the whole student body gets involved and together produces so much food that we need an ‘eighteen-wheeler’ to deliver all the food.
Dorm parents and advisors have been nothing but eager to drive students to local food stores to buy food to donate, making the fundraiser possible for the boarding community as well.
Though extracurricular groups often open up similar community service opportunities to the student body, past fundraisers have consisted of simply using your IA or bringing in money to donate. In contrast, the Food Drive requires students to put more effort and thought to giving back to the community, stimulating for students the feeling of actually making a difference.
Liam White, a Class III representative and member of the SGA, comments on his hope that “students are excited to bring cans in, as a community event.”
The destination of the donations, the Milton Food Pantry, is based out of Saint Agatha Parish in Milton, which receives most of its food from the Greater Boston Food Bank. Head monitor Tom Schnoor explains the reasoning behind the location choice, “all the food is going to a food pantry in Milton because it’ll be helping out others who call the town of Milton their home.”
Ms. Andrea Geyling, head of Community Service in the upper school, agrees, stating, “there are many more families in [Milton] who are struggling to make ends meet than people would ever guess.” The food donated to the Milton Pantry allows clients to shop around with a volunteer and chose what food they need.
Importantly, the Food Drive provided an opportunity for the K-12 community to come together. Ms. Geyling accurately illustrates the drive as “an activity that all ages can participate in and it’s very hands on, and often it’s difficult to find appropriate service projects for the younger kids.” Being one of the few K-12 endeavors throughout the year, the Food Drive received the support of administration all around campus.
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