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Monarchs Win Big For The Food Bank
June 9, 2016
Menchville students and staff presented the Peninsula Foodbank with a check for $25,000 on Monday, June 6th – the direct result of being a first place winner in the 2015-2016 Lead2Feed challenge. Menchville High School was also one of only five schools in the nation singled out for their efforts of feeding hunger in the community. In attendance at the ceremony were School Board members Shelley Simon and Gary Hunter. Nancy Sweet and Mike Nichols from NNPS administration were also present. Peninsula Food-Bank representatives attending were Donna Tighe, Karen Joyner, and Michele E. Benson. Linda Spahr, representing the Lead2Feed organization was also in attendance, traveling to Newport News from Maryland for the event.
After opening remarks from Principle Bobby Surry, Spahr, a worker for the Impact on Literacy and Learning Foundation, filled in for Lead2Feed founder David Novak; recapping the schools accomplishments and presenting Menchville and it’s partner organization, The Peninsula Food-Bank, with the grand prize. “You repeated your success, stepped outside of the box, upped your game, and we couldn’t be more proud of you,” she said.
Novak congratulated Menchville via video on its contributions to the community over the past two years, and pushed them to continue the program in following years.
Menchvilles L2F advisors, Diane Zawadski and Pete Mercier, were called upon to accept a special award from Novak on behalf of the teachers involved in this years effort.
After accepting the award, a surprise letter from Robert C. Bobby Scott, member of Congress, was read by Zawadski. “The acts of service your students have provided will help hundreds of families in their time of need,” wrote Scott.
Senior Matthew Arnold gave an inspiring speech at the assembly on behalf of Menchville’s ROTC program.
“When you think about it, who else could do this? Who else, other than the mighty Monarchs? Every person in our school played a part in this,” he said. “We’ve incorporated our slogan, ‘Taking a Bite Out of Hunger,’ into literally everything we’ve done this year, because hunger is not a once and done fix. It is a real problem, and there is no easy solution. It’s hard when you don’t experience it, when you don’t see it, as most of us are fortunate to not have to; but when you recognize that it’s there, and commit to doing something about it, and actually follow through, you can do great things about it.”
In addition to formally receiving the check for the Food Bank, representatives Donna Tighe, Karen Joyner, and Michele E. Benson also spoke during the assembly. “Because of your help, we will be able to feed more people and help our neighbors find bridges to stability during tough times,” said Joyner.
“It takes a community to help feed a community,” added Tighe.
A final congratulatory video message from Newport News Public Schools wrapped up the assembly before recognition certificates for the involved student groups were handed out, and closing remarks made by Bobby Surry.