Mary Catherine Harris School students are encouraged to grow beyond the classroom. The student organizations, Men of Honor (MOH) and Woman of Distinction (WOD), set out to have students learn and appreciate the value of giving back to the community. The reality is that the majority of the student population at MC Harris comes from low-income families that cannot spare the resources to give back to the community. MC Harris students work or have other responsibilities that limit their ability to give back as well. Yet, the students did not let these limitations hinder their desire to do something positive in their respective communities for the holidays.
MOH and WOD members lived up to the MC Harris motto, “You are the stars that make MC Harris shine!” and participated in the “Food for Families Food Drive” of the Brazos Valley Food Bank. The “Food for Families Food Drive” collects non-perishable items during the holidays which are distributed to local families who struggle financially. The MOH and WOD members wanted more than just to participate. They wanted to make a significant difference. They set their sights on raising over 1,000 items to help families in need. The student population of MC Harris falls below 200 students, and most have limited resources. One thousand items was an ambitious goal. The “Food for Families Food Drive” was a huge success with the help of the students and staff. A member of MOH went from house to house in his community encouraging his neighbors to donate to the drive. Members of WOD raided their own pantries of food they could spare and encouraged families and friends to donate. Members of MOH and WOD went to classes to encourage classmates to bring in as much food as possible. The passion the students demonstrated allowed them to reach and surpass their original goal of 1,000 items. It was possible because of the hard work and dedication the students put into helping others.
The students decided there was more that could be done to help the community and decided to give back by participating in The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. The Angel Tree program allows people to pick a random child in need whose name was placed on a Christmas tree in malls and other stores. The people who choose a child become a Secret Santa. The Secret Santa buys gifts from a list of wishes provided by the participating child. MOH and WOD members adopted a child each and proceeded to collect and donate money or gifts for the child. The MOH and WOD members were able to raise close to $400 to fulfill the wishes of their respective Angel Tree child. As a result, each Angel Tree child was able to receive a pair of toys and clothes for the holiday season. The members of MOH and WOD went above and beyond to help those in need around their community and for that they deserve the highest praise.
MC Harris students demonstrated they work hard, not just to better themselves, but those around them. Their passion and commitment to honorable causes truly makes them shining stars.