MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew gives back to school, communities

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The MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew purchased a TV announcement system for the McGregor Center this fall after several years of fundraising. Members of the Stu Crew include (front, left to right) Kaylee Bachman, Abby Schellhorn, Gabe McGeough, Kashton Mathis; (middle) Riley Whitney, Marlene Franzen, Max Havlicek, Braden Landt; (back) adviser Steph Jones, Megan Lang, Kira Reick, Max Koeller and Jesse Breuer. (Submitted photos)

Prior to the Holiday Train event, students in the McGregor Center brought in non-perishable food items to donate to the Clayton County Food Shelf. For each item donated, students were able to fill out a raffle ticket and enter a drawing for a new set of Dr. Dre Beats, iTunes gift cards and candy canes, all purchased and donated by the Stu Crew. Logan Brown (second from left) won the Beats, while Ben Miene, Annie Heins and Anabel Pagaza won the iTunes cards.

The Stu Crew sponsors a tree at McGregor’s Festival of Trees each year. This year’s theme was “Why Fit in When You Were Born to Stand Out.” Stu Crew members standing with the tree include (left to right) Marlene Franzen, Kira Reick, Riley Whitney, Jesse Breuer, Max Havlicek, Braden Landt and Max Koeller.

In mid-November, all students in the building participated in the annual Holiday Cash and Coin Drive. Homerooms were each given the goal of raising $50, and those who met the goal were able to play in a dodgeball tournament. Eleven of the 16 homerooms met the goal, and as a building, just shy of $850 was raised. The funds were divided across three different local causes: Shepherd of the Hills Holiday Shop, Angels Helping Angels and the Samson Boylen Scholarship Fund. Here, the Stu Crew shows the items they purchased for Shepherd of the Hills.

The MFL MarMac Middle School Stu Crew has had a busy holiday season already and has found many ways to bring the holiday spirit to the McGregor Center and give back to area communities at the same time.

The first exciting addition to the building was a TV announcement system in the main hallway. This TV displays a slideshow with updates, event and class information and pictures of students. For the past several years, the Stu Crew has been fundraising for this item and was finally able to purchase and install it this fall. All of the staff members are able to add their own slides to the presentation, making it a truly collaborative project.

In mid-November, all students in the building participated in the annual Holiday Cash and Coin Drive. Homerooms were each given the goal of raising $50, and those who met the goal were able to play in a dodgeball tournament. Eleven of the 16 homerooms met the goal, and as a building, just shy of $850 was raised. The funds were divided across three different local causes: Shepherd of the Hills Holiday Shop, Angels Helping Angels and the Samson Boylen Scholarship Fund. Representatives from the Stu Crew spent an afternoon purchasing gift items at Walmart, including clothes and shoes, winter gear, toys and board games, movies and Xbox games, mP3 players, headphones and bluetooth speakers, iTunes gift cards, make up and hair accessories, jewelry, books, athletic balls, and more. The gifts have been delivered to two angels in the community and Shepherd of the Hills in St. Olaf.

Prior to the Holiday Train event, students in the McGregor Center brought in non-perishable food items to donate to the Clayton County Food Shelf. For each item donated, students were able to fill out a raffle ticket and enter a drawing for a new set of Dr. Dre Beats, iTunes gift cards and candy canes. The Stu Crew purchased and donated these items to the raffle winners. The winner of the Beats was seventh grader Logan Brown. The iTunes gift cards went to seventh grader Ben Miene, sixth grader Annie Heins and fifth grader Anabel Pagaza. 

Representatives from the Stu Crew delivered two suburban loads of donations to the Holiday Train site and stayed to enjoy the event as well.

Each year, the Stu Crew sponsors a tree at the Festival of Trees in McGregor, and this year the group decided to display its “Bulldog Spirit” tree at the school and go with a new theme at the festival. The theme for the year is “Why Fit in When You Were Born to Stand Out,” so the tree was adorned with flashing lights, bright and colorful ornaments and neon colors galore. Last year, Stu Crew member Hanna Dickman won a cash prize for her tree decorated for Maggie’s Diner. She generously donated her prize to the Stu Crew so the group could purchase new ornaments this year. If you didn’t have time to stop at the festival, the tree is now on display near the main entrance of the McGregor Center.

“This group of 12 young people has worked extremely hard at being good leaders for the rest of the students at the McGregor Center and has had quite a successful year,” said adviser Stephanie Jones. “As their sponsor, I am very proud of them!”

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