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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: