Merry Mustangs

Merry Mustangs

by Susan Neuhalfen

It all started with a Silly String Challenge.

The Merry Mustangs of Killian Middle School challenged the students and the teachers to see who could raise the most money for KMS students in need and their families for the holidays. The group that raised more funds got to Silly String the other.

The result was students, teachers and the community pulling together to raise over $4,500. This year the students won and Assistant Principal Mr. Croll agreed to allow the students to spray him with Silly String. Last year, the faculty raised more money.

As a result of their effort, the Merry Mustangs were able to service 61 6-8th grade students at Killian. The amazing thing is that this fundraiser involved everyone in the school and many in the community. Here are just some of the groups that helped out:

  • NJHS students decorated and stuffed family goodie bags and stood in the carpool line collecting gift cards
  • KMS cheerleaders collected hot chocolate for the family goodie bags
  • KMS Circle of Friends decorated candy canes and made reindeer food for the family goodie bags
  • KMS parent volunteers shopped for students and helped wrap and sort gifts
  • KMS PTA provided food and supplies for the family goodie bags
  • The Young Men’s Service League donated $885 in Walmart merchandise cards

“The parent volunteers shopped for presents,” said Suzanne Miller, Principal Secretary at KMS. “They got everything from fun stuff like skateboards to basic needs like underwear and socks.”

It all culminated with a wrapping party that included parent volunteers, PTA members. In all, 52 families and 61 students had a merrier Christmas.

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