This year Leadership at Menlo-Atherton High School is experimenting with new ways to raise money for the Canned Food Drive (CFD). Emily Addicott, M-A junior class advisor, came up with the idea of putting neatly-labeled Mason jars all over campus and the community to encourage monetary donations. Emily created and distributed these jars as leader of the Canned Food Drive “Innovations Committee,” under guidance of Leadership teacher Mike Amoroso.
Amoroso notes the few other changes Leadership has made this year, including class competitions at lunchtime led by the “Class Competition Committee.” An example includes the recent obstacle course held outside L-1 and the Green at lunch in which the winning grade received points towards their class. Another addition includes the four jars, one for each grade, for money stationed outside the Student Store. Currently, the freshman class has donated the most money.
This year’s CFD goal is 200,000, which is double last year’s. Both Leadership teachers note that this year there was a large rush to sign up on the canning wall, which possibly shows that there is more school-wide participation than in the past.
If you see these jars in the community, take a minute and consider donating your spare change. It goes to a fantastic cause to help local families in need. Some of the participating merchants are Cheeky Monkey Toys, Una Mas, Menlo Park Chevron on El Camino and Oak Grove, Ann’s Coffee Shop, The Pet Place, Miyo Frozen Yogurt, Starbucks Santa Cruz Avenue, and the Menlo Park Academy of Dance.
Most of the money donations will be used to purchase fresh produce and meat to give away on Distribution Day, Dec 6. Anyone interested in helping out by having one of these jars in their establishment can email email@example.com.