Farragut students volunteer and give back to the community

From volunteering at a nursing home to canned food drives to marching in a Veterans Day parade, our community of students have been actively supporting other organizations.

The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society worked together to create a “Spread Happiness” Drive to provide nursing home residents a warm appreciation. Students from both the lower and upper schools donated items such as word puzzles, coloring books, pens, pencils, trial size shampoos, conditioners, lotions, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, lotions, candies, and other items. The students organized the items into individual bags which were delivered to The Springs at Boca Ciega Bay. The Springs was chosen because Ms. Beverly’s aunt, Ruth Gomez, is a resident. Under the direction of their advisors, Mrs. Williar and Mrs. Olesnevich, the students were able to make 67 bags for the residents.

The Upper School cadet color guard marched in the Gulfport Veterans Day Parade.

The Upper School Interact Club volunteered with the Gulf Beaches Rotary Club at their annual Wag-O-Ween. It was a costume party for dogs, with prizes being awarded for best costumes in various categories. Our students assisted with setting up for the event, assisting dog owners, helping vendors and cleaning up. Mrs. and Mr. Williar and Mrs. Neri are the club sponsors.

November’s Key of Excellence is Patriotism and Citizenship and the Lower School Student Government Association decided to host a Hunger Hero Canned Food Collection for the St. Mary’s food pantry. Please send in non-perishable food items to our Lower School Office to help feed the less fortunate. The S.G.A. will be collecting food until November 30th! Some food items needed (but not limited to):

  • Canned beans…kidney, pinto, black
  • Canned soups, stews, chili
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned vegetables of any sort
  • Canned meat-tuna and vienna sausages
  • Canned fruit of any sort
  • Soft tortillas
  • White/brown rice
  • Boxed mac & cheese
  • Granola bars

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The BlueJacket Boys Varsity Basketball team was able to participate in the American Teach-In event at Northwest Elementary School! It was a great experience for our young men to interact with youth in our community.