Heritage Middle School staff and students recently hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise money to start a community fund for displaced families.
The dinner was Dec. 9 during the elementary schools basketball tournament held at Heritage Middle. Administrators gave 50 tickets to each of the elementary schools that feed into HMS, including Porter, Walland, Townsend and Montvale elementary schools. Students families got to enjoy a meal while also learning more about the school.
“We had a community night for people to come in and see the school,” said HMS assistant principal Steve Stout. “Aubreys provided the Caesar salad, the cafeteria staff prepared the spaghetti, Pizza Hut donated bread sticks and Otis Spunkmeyer Company provided cookies. A $5 donation was requested, and that money went toward the community fund.”
The money was a “rainy day” fund to help when Heritage families are in need.
“We put all the money we raised into a fund so that anytime we have a family in need, whether because of a fire or if a family has been displaced, we’ll use money out of that fund to help them any way we can,” Stout said.
Stout said this is the first year the administration and staff have tried this initiative which raised about $450. “Becky Stone, a guidance counselor who spearheaded this, said she was pleased with the outcome. I hope it will be something we’ll be able to do on the Tuesday night of the elementary tournament every year,” Stout said. “Everything was free from the business community, it served an added purpose of letting families walk around and get familiar with the school, and it was a fund raiser. That’s a pretty full night.”