Forget about teens not wanting to get up early on Saturdays. Quite a few Maryville High School students were up and working on Saturday, Dec. 1, feeding hungry customers at Applebee’s restaurant in Alcoa.
The motivation was money -- but not for shopping, filling their cars or extending their cell phone minutes. The money being raised was for the Maryville High School Habitat chapter, a program that gets the students involved with the home-building group in both the work phase and the fund-raising phase.
Deidre Hodges is this year’s president. “This is our sixth year build, and, so far, we have raised nearly $17,000 thanks to the community,” Deidre wrote in an e-mail. At the breakfast, organizers said the good turn out should push the total to more than $18,000.
Community pancake lovers weren’t the only ones who came for breakfast. The group got good support from their peers. One unmistakable group was 56 biology students from teacher Landon Harris’ classes. They were all wearing T-shirts they designed to show their support for the breakfast. The shirts said, “Stackfest Maryville High School: Serving has never been so sticky.” Harris offered the students a chance to participate and help their fellow MHS friends, and 56 of his students responded by attending the breakfast or buying the Stackfest T-shirts.