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May 19th, 2010
SMBA Junior Honor Society donates food and 'buddies'

051710smbafoodKate Shaw and Al Scott of the Hays County Food Bank paid a visit to the San Marcos Academy campus recently to collect a donation of more than $1,000 in food and cash from members of the National Junior Honor Society.

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The San Marcos Baptist Academy National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recently presented 60 pounds of food and a check for $1,000 to Hays County Food Bank (HCFB) Event Coordinator Kate Shaw and HCFB Operations Assistant Al Scott.

“The NJHS Food Drive is going to help keep the shelves of the Hays County Food Bank well-stocked for quite a number of families in the days to come,” said HCFB Community Relations Director Pat Tessaro.

The NJHS members started their fundraising with a school-wide assembly earlier this spring. Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-Wimberley), who also is a food bank board member, was invited to speak to the assembly about the needs of the people in Hays County.

After the assembly, the NJHS undertook a variety of project of projects to raise money and collect non-perishable food items. NJHS members sponsored an information booth during Spring Parent Day and carried out a “door-to-door” collection campaign on the campus. There was also a pie-in-the-face contest in April, when seven faculty members volunteered their profiles to take whipped cream pies in the face to raise money for the cause.

The NJHS wrapped up another year-long project this month, donating 220 “rescue buddies” to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. On campus to accept the stuffed animals were Crime Prevention Deputy Laurie Bain and Crime Prevention/Public Information Officer Mike Thielen. The stuffed animals are used by emergency service personnel to comfort victims in times of trauma.

Last fall, the NJHS donated more than 500 stuffed animals to the San Marcos, Blanco and Johnsonville police departments. They continued to collect animals throughout the spring semester for their recent gift to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

“This group of seventh through ninth grade students has been a pure joy to work with this year,”  said Keri Rhodes, the school’s NJHS sponsor. “These kids challenge us and keep us humble. they keep us laughing and make us proud. Getting to be a part of their lives as they are developing who they are going to become is honestly exciting, and we can’t wait for next year to see what NJHS is going to do.”

051710smbabuddiesWith Deputy Laurie Bain and Officer Mike Thielen of the Hays County Sheriff’s Office on hand to collect the goods, members of San Marcos Academy’s National Junior Honor Society celebrate their donation of 250 “Rescue Buddies.”

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