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A Thanksgiving Fundraiser

November 17, 2020 | Melissa McCallihan

Recently the sixth grade did an essay on homelessness in Hudson County. They were shocked to discover how many people were without homes and the reasons why. The one that caused greatest concern was the issue of mental health. Their sense of justice rose up in them that someone wouldn’t have a home because someone had PTSD or depression. This injustice has made them super focused and motivated to get the word out about our Thanksgiving fundraiser.

We are collecting, through Venmo, money to purchase meals from Mikie Squared Restaurant. Mike Fasciano, owner of the restaurant and a Mustard Seed School family, and his crew create delicious meals, box them up and deliver them to the Hoboken Shelter. These meals are $10 a box. You can Venmo your donation to @Mikiesquared through Thursday, November 19. We are so grateful for the Fasciano family. They were quick to say yes to our request to participate in this fundraiser!

Students have made videos of skits they’ve composed. They made slideshows using beloved characters and crafted posters with all the information. Each creation came with the same two questions, “Do you think people will donate Mrs. McCallihan?” and  “Do you think we will reach our goal?”

Thanks to our community’s incredible generosity we have reached our goal of $1000 or 100 meals, but now the children are wondering, how much can we raise? One student asked, “What if we doubled our goal?” They are so touched by everyone’s generosity.

To those who have donated we say:

And to those who haven’t yet, Owen wonders:

Here’s the info again, but this time in poster form:

Melissa McCallihan

Teacher, Grade 6; Science Grades 6-8

Teaching children to take risks and fail well is important to Melissa McCallihan, who has taught for over 29 years. She believes children learn as much through their failures as they do through their successes. She celebrates both in her classroom. In collaboration with the middle school director, art teacher, and other fourth and fifth grade teachers, Mrs. McCallihan has been instrumental in developing the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program, an extension of the Lower School’s Shared Space model. “STEAM is where students solve problems and sometimes get it wrong,” says Mrs. McCallihan when asked about risks and failing well. “Students need to learn how to do that with grace, and to try again with grit and determination.”

Mrs. McCallihan cares deeply about relationships with her colleagues, students, and families. She works hard to make and maintain connections on a personal and professional level. And follows the mantra “Worship God, Love All.”

When not at school, you can find Mrs. McCallihan searching out a fantastic restaurant or hidden sight to see in New York City.

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