Our December Mentor Day was spent serving the community and reflecting on the things in our lives that we are most grateful for. To prepare for this mentor day, the students at Thurgood Marshall Academy participated in a school wide competition where students were encouraged to bring in donations of toiletries, socks, underwear, hats, scarves and similar items. In just two short weeks, the students at Thurgood Marshall Academy showed their spirit of giving by donating over 800 items to the Shoebox Gift Drive to be donated to the organization S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). Of course we have to give special congratulations to the Senior Class for bringing in the most items for the drive!
The following Saturday, the Mentors and Mentees showed up with EVEN MORE items for the drive and prepared to get to work! Each team worked together to wrap, label and decorate shoeboxes, filled with essentials for a man, woman, or child. Teams also worked together to create Peppermint Christmas Tree centerpieces and snowflake wreaths to bring some holiday cheer to the Homeless Shelter at S.O.M.E. Mentor teams posed for the camera at our Holiday Photo Booth and they also created picture frames using old school Popsicle sticks and Elmer’s Glue. The day was truly filled with holiday cheer, hard work and gratitude for all that we have and are able to do.
In total, we donated 77 Holiday Shoe Boxes, 23 Peppermint Christmas Tree Centerpieces and 20 Snowflake wreathes. We also donated 4 large bags of clothes, several bags of extra toiletries and supplies, but most of all, we delivered the message that people care about the Homeless in our city. Thurgood Marshall Academy and the Mentor Program definitely made a tremendous impact this holiday season!