There was recently a stampede to provide service to our community. For the fourth year in a row, the Metea Valley High School Newspaper Club – The MV Stampede – has spent their day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering at Loaves & Fishes.
“Do More Metea Valley” is the Service branch of student government at MVHS and participating groups also include Principal’s Advisory Board, Rho Kappa, Boys Track, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Do More Metea Valley (DMMV), Football, Gay/Straight Alliance (SAGA), SMA, French Club, Snowball, Be Your Own You (BYOU), and Organization of Latin American Students (OLASF). Each group volunteers and hold fundraisers which they distribute to the following organizations: Loaves & Fishes Community Services, Hesed House, Aurora Public Library, SciTech, Wayside Cross, Feed My Starving Children, Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and The Vistas senior residence.
MVHS Dean Jennifer Rowe and English teacher/MV Stampede Advisor Adam Page said the students love volunteering.
“Since our school opened, we have been dedicated to inspiring civic engagement and encouraging our students to get involved in the community,” said Page.
Senior Tyler Burleyson summed up his experience volunteering at Loaves & Fishes:
“I had a lot of fun serving at Loaves and Fishes. It was well worth waking up a little early and making my way out there in the snow. Their message about respect, compassion, and dignity said a lot to me in that I’m proud of the fact that an organization like that exists in my community. Hopefully, we can do more events like this in the future!”
The students assembled child nutrition bags which are given weekly to families with children under the age of eighteen. Last year Loaves & Fishes served 7,950 children.
“We are so grateful that these students are role models,” said President & CEO Mike Havala. “They strengthen our community by serving and enhancing the lives of others.”