Compassion is one of the Manitowoc Public School District’s six core values, and our students and staff are living those values to enhance our community. MPSD employees launched a new charitable initiative this school year to give back to our students and families — the MPSD Employee Scholarship Program.
Our district-wide staff donated $8,500 to the MPSD Education Foundation to award scholarships to graduating seniors and support MPSD students whose financial circumstances may not allow them to participate in co-curricular or enrichment learning opportunities.
Our students and school families also are giving back to the community. Here are just a few examples of their charitable efforts to help those less fortunate in our area:
- Franklin: Members of Franklin's Student Council joyously rang bells and sang Christmas songs for The Salvation Army.
- Jefferson: Jefferson students were paired with a buddy at the Felician Village. They visited the home, talked and worked on crafts together, raising the spirits of all involved.
- McKinley: Students raised $102 in a Penny War to donate to The Lights of Christmas campaign in Manitowoc. As part of the campaign, Manitowoc police officers surprise our neighbors in need with with hats, gloves, toiletry items and gift cards during the holiday season.
- Monroe: First-grade students at Monroe spread some holiday cheer by making cards for residents at Azura Memory Care and Maritime Gardens Assisted Living in Manitowoc. Also at Monroe, students raised $526.94 for Peter's Pantry to help purchase food items the pantry and community needs.
- Lincoln: Students in Lincoln's environmental Green Club made Christmas ornaments out of recycled products to donate to a local nursing home. Lincoln's Character Education group is leading a school-wide "Compassion Campaign" in which each homeroom chooses one or more time/treasure/talent projects. Homerooms and staff have rang bells for The Salvation Army, had a bake sale to raise funds for the Lakeshore Humane Society, donated more than 100 hats and mittens for the Hope House, ran a plastic bottle drive for The Haven, adopted a family for Christmas gifts, signed up for the blood drive Dec. 21 and more.
- Washington: Social Skills classes at Washington Junior High organized an Animal Giving Drive for the Lakeshore Humane Society. They offered candy canes to anyone who donated food, leashes/collars, toys, stamps, treats or cleaning supplies.
- Wilson: Students at Wilson collected $932 worth of toys and monetary donations for The Salvation Army of Manitowoc County in their fifth-hour classes for two weeks. Thanks to the HAWKS group for organizing this event.