|The HMS Dance Team kicked off the assembly|
Highlands Middle School students were recognized and thanked for the overwhelming generosity they have shown this fall with an assembly on Nov. 25. They celebrated with a show from the HMS Dance Team, a teachers vs. students volleyball game, recognition of those in fall sports, presentation of checks to organizations they raised money for, a pie in the face showdown and a turkey bowl.
On Halloween, students were encouraged to pay $1 in order to wear a Halloween costume. Teachers dressed up as well and students were able to vote with money for the best costume. They put money in the jar of the teacher's costume they liked the best. The teacher who raised the most money was the winner of the costume contest. Student Government overwhelming voted to donate the money to the Histiocytosis Association in honor of fellow student Joey Holt, a seventh grader who is in remission from Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. Joey and his mom accepted the check on behalf of the Histio Association.
|Stephanie Griffith presents Gina Stegner |
and Joey Holt with check for Histio Association
The teachers promised that if the students donated $500 or more, they would allow students to smash a pie in a few of the teachers faces. The students raised $534.19.
|Principal Mark Goetz and Debbie Hamel|
|Rob McCoy and Brian Weinrich|
|Judy Manning and Karen Kampschmidt|
The students collected 12,664 non perishable items for the school can food drive. They also donated $2,459.21 to the Brighton Center and $2,459.21 to the Salvation Army. A spokesperson on behalf of the organizations said they were extremely grateful and that the money and canned goods would allow families who otherwise wouldn't have full Thanksgiving meals.
The students cheered as the HMS varsity volleyball took on the teachers in two games of volleyball. A few of the teachers tried to showoff some mad skills but ended up being defeated by the students in both games.
|Brian Alessandro spikes the ball|
They ended the afternoon celebration with a turkey bowl. They literally used frozen turkeys as bowling balls.
The teachers and students cheered, chanted and laughed throughout the afternoon as they celebrated their success in giving.