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Success! MHS supports 100 families with Thanksgiving Food drive

Dec. 3, 2018

Students of the Monticello High School celebrated each other’s generosity with an assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 20, announcing the winners of this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Students, faculty, and staff raised more than $4,500 to contribute towards a full Thanksgiving dinner for 100 families in the Monticello area.

The theme of this year’s assembly was that of action. Assistant Principal Robyn Boardman welcomed the students and then introduced Senior Sofia Heimowitz. As she did last year, Sofia shared her personal story about the heartbreaking suicide epidemic and how it specifically affected her family, challenging students and faculty to speak out about it. She gracefully challenged us all to support each other and to seek out help if needed. She concluded by saying that suicide is a very permanent solution to a very temporary problem and provided information in the form of a card with phone numbers and groups to help struggling people. Students and faculty were moved by Ms. Heimowitz’s courage and honesty as she delivered her call to action.

Mrs. Boardman then spoke briefly about the importance of giving back to the community. She thanked Mrs. Karen Collura for leading the charge for the food drive and then introduced this year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive chairpersons, seniors Molly Jane Garcia, Lexie Rosenstein and Molly Smith.

With Mrs. Collura’s help, these student leaders spent the last three weeks organizing the drive and collecting the school’s generous donations in order to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to 100 local families.

Mr. Julian Dawson, a Monticello alumni, created our list of families through his position at the United Way. Then, each chairwoman spoke about the importance of family traditions and being grateful throughout the holiday season.

The Turkey Crew committee lined the stage as the audience was able to see the towers of turkey, stuffing, yams, and other delicious Thanksgiving dishes. Lastly, the chairpeople announced the overall winners of the food drive competition.

Large group of students on a stage with donated food

For ‘A’ days, in third place was Mrs. Collura’s class, in second place was Ms. Majewska’s class, and in first place was Mrs. Sywalski’s class. These three classes collected a total of $774.07.


The ‘B’ day classes were very competitive this year, with the Social Studies department leading the pack. The top three classes for ‘B’ days raised a staggering $2,845.96! In third place was Mr. Russo’s class, in second place was Ms. Hurley’s class, and in first place for ‘B’ days, taking first overall, was Ms. Grote’s class with an astounding classroom total of $1,239.22. They will be celebrated by receiving a delicious breakfast cooked for them by high school Principal Mr. Wilder, and assistant principals Mrs. Boardman and Ms. Blount.

The Monticello High School Food Drive is long-standing tradition which now spans three decades and has had generations of students participate. As a school-wide act of community service, all stakeholders in the high school worked in unison to kick off the holiday season in an extremely positive manner.

Moving forward, the school is currently working together, collecting monetary donations for the annual toy drive, another long-standing, high school tradition.