Hampstead Middle School’s Hurricane Relief Dinner is a Success

posted Oct 24, 2017, 11:45 AM by Clifton Dancy

On Wednesday, October 18th, the Hampstead Middle School 8th grade class and staff hosted a fundraiser dinner to benefit those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Local chefs from J&B Butcher, English Muffin, Laurie’s Kitchen and Beantowne Coffee House collaborated with the school district’s own chef, Joe Monroe, to create a wonderful feast for all those who purchased tickets for the event. Additionally, students collected donations from various local businesses and families for silent auctions and raffles. The event featured musical selections from the Hampstead Middle School Jazz Choir instructed by Mr. Kevin Fisher. Mrs. Alison Rubin and her 8th grade Family Consumer Science students created cakes for a cake walk and games to feature at the event. Handmade items painted by Mrs. Kimberly Downey’s 5th and 6th grade art classes were sold at the dinner as well.

Hampstead teachers Mrs. Carol Randall and Mrs. Katie Wolff co-chaired this event, along with the 8th grade students to bring awareness and compassion to all the people affected by these natural disasters.

The event raised over $3500.00 for the Red Cross and Unicef disaster relief organizations.

Eighth graders Owen Muskrat and Ryan Overy, who worked at the event, thought it was a great success and are quoted as saying. “We had so many people helping that everything ran smoothly. It was very organized.”

“We are so proud of our eighth graders for participating in this civic activity and raising monies to help those affected by the hurricanes,” reported HMS Principal Maria Di Nola. “Students knew of the need and organized an action plan with members of our community to show our support.”

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Roxanne Wilson states, "This is a fine example of how Hampstead students pull together to organize a community event that extends beyond their immediate needs. The altruism showed by the students, families, and local businesses, reminds us all of our humanitarian responsibilities."

“On behalf of the Hampstead School Board, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in this humanitarian effort setting a shining example of what it means to live in community and making the world a better place by helping those in need.” - Karen Yasenka, HSB Chair

Thanks and appreciations are extended to all of the generous parents, dedicated teachers, and friends from the community who contributed in making this event a great success.

October 24, 2017