JWPMS Students Donate to Mercy Center for Women

Posted on December 19, 2013, in Academics, Events

James W. Parker Middle School students understand the true meaning of “holiday spirit”.

In order to help those less fortunate during the holiday season, the 8th Grade Advisors and Student Council hosted a Penny War Fundraiser for the entire school from December 4-11. At the end of the collection, the school was able to raise $1371.00.

The money went toward gifts and donations for the Mercy Center for Women, a shelter for women and their children who have been affected by drugs and alcohol. The shelter helps the women find homes and jobs.

This holiday season, the facility is housing 12 children ranging in ages from one to nine. JWPMS students used the money raised during the Penny War to buy presents for the children. In the end, the students purchased five to eight presents for each of the 12 children living in the shelter. With the leftover money, the students bought books, movies and art supplies for the shelter. They also bought and recorded the audio for a recordable book, “The Night Before Christmas,” which was donated to the shelter.

The students wrapped and donated the gifts to the shelter in the beginning of the week.

According to JWPMS Guidance Counselor Pamela Swanseger, watching the students during this experience reminded her why she loves working at James W. Parker Middle School.

“We have amazing students. You don’t need to look too far to know that there are amazing children in this world that will grow up someday to be amazing adults,” Swanseger says. “I am so proud to be a part of this Parker Family.”