From November 1st until December 3rdMcKinley High School’s JROTC “Tiger Battalion” and the McKinley High School’s Student Services Department sponsored a Holiday Food Drive.
The McKinley JROTC used the food drive as a service learning opportunity to help teach better citizenship skills. The Planning, meaningful service, and structured reflection helped them understand the importance of community service as well as some of the hard work it takes to plan and execute community (school-wide) events.
The Student Services Department also used the food drive as a way to promote a spirit of community service but also focused on class pride. Student services collected all the food from the drop off points and tallied the final donations. Certain drop off points were designated for each class level so the freshman through senior class could compete as to whom is more giving. Although the senior class is smaller than any other grade level they displayed senior pride and a giving spirit by donating 255 cans and boxes to the Hawaii Food Bank. The juniors will have to step it up next year as they mustered 69 cans while the sophomores rivaled the seniors with 241 cans and the new kids on the block donated 154 cans for the freshman class.
JROTC : “Tiger Battalion” Cadet Staff Sergeant Gloria Miah and McKinley High School Student Body President, Stacie Tamaru worked in concert to ensure that the food drive was planned, advertised, and executed to a high standard. The food drive was a success for everyone and the less fortunate in our community will now have an avenue to get food for the holidays. The McKinley High school Senior Army Instructor for JROTC, Major Cory Marlowe, stated “I am really proud of all the hard work our cadets and students put into this project, they not only learned some valuable lessons but were able to give back to the community during the holidays while so many are struggling financially….these students are turning into fine adults who will be vital to the future of our local community.”