This year, the SSM Student Government wanted to raise money to support a local organization, but were unsure which one. Eventually, they decided to donate to the “adopt a family” program through the Hope Center in Faribault because they felt they would be able to have a larger impact with a smaller organization compared to something like Toys for Tots.
The Student Government ended up organizing two jeans’ days, one of which was also billed as Ugly Sweater Day. They raised $418 with the first jeans’ day and were thrilled with that amount. However, after seeing the wish lists for the various families at the Hope Center, they really made a larger effort to earn even more money with the Ugly Sweater Day.
The students were humbled to see that most of the people were requesting items like winter coats, sweatshirts, and socks which are items that most people within our community completely take for granted. With an increased effort to encourage people to donate, they were able to raise $1,428 for a total of $1,846 which allowed them to “adopt” four families.
Mr. Blackmer took a few members of Student Government shopping on Tuesday night to buy presents. On Wednesday and Thursday, members of Student Government, Mr. Schaefer’s Advanced World History class, and Ms. Lewis-Osborne’s Government classes did most of the wrapping.
Monica Piatti ’17 has also been organizing SSM students to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters this year. Last Sunday, Monica and several SSM students volunteered at the annual Big Brothers, Big Sisters Christmas party in Owatonna. They provided a Christmas craft and the SSM volunteers helped the children make reindeer hands as Christmas ornaments. This was Shattuck-St. Mary’s second year attending and everyone had a great time!