With the assistance of a local grant, Indian Lake Middle School students are making sure their classmates have a hearty Christmas dinner this holiday season.
ILMS Student Council leaders Kendall Cotterman and Lindsey Phillips, along with ILMS Co-Principal Missy Mefford, recently accepted $980 during the Mary Rutan Foundation Community Health and Wellness Grant presentations.
ILMS Student Council Advisor Katy Taylor explains the grant money will be used to purchase hams and all items needed to prepare Christmas dinner for Holiday Meal Boxes that will be given to 24 disadvantaged families with students at ILMS.
Taylor says, “I have participated in this kind of project in another school district and it is my absolute favorite outreach. These boxes will really make an impact and help our families that might be struggling.”
Students in each homeroom/LakerTime class at ILMS are signing up to supplement the Holiday Meal Boxes with other items like instant mashed potatoes, gravy, bread, vegetables and stuffing. The grade level to complete all their boxes first wins a pizza party sponsored by the Builders Club.
School staff will recommend the families that will receive the packages. Taylor is working with the Lakeview Community Market grocery to purchase the hams and other items to complete the boxes. The Mary Rutan Foundation also donated 50 cookbooks to be included.
Finally, ILMS teachers will deliver the Holiday Meal Boxes on the afternoon of Dec. 21, when Indian Lake Schools dismiss two hours early for Christmas Break.
Several other groups also received Community Health and Wellness Grants from the Mary Rutan Foundation during the most recent grant cycle, totaling nearly $35,000.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.