A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY: Shop with a Mustang and Shop with a Warrior were successful, due, in part, to our community stepping in with donations, so that both both High Schools could give the gift of Christmas to young students that live in this community.
SHOP WITH MUSTANG AND SHOP WITH WARRIOR PROGRAMS NEEDED A LITTLE HELP
BY AMBER ROLAND, NCHS and CAROL THOMPSON, BRIGHT SIDE
A great big thank you to our community, alumni of KENNESAW MOUNTAIN AND NORTH COBB HIGH SCHOOLS, business leaders and civic groups for stepping up and helping raise the monies needed for 2020’s Shop with a Mustang and Shop with a Warrior programs.
During normal times, the high school students have plenty of time to raise the money for these programs, but returning to school in November as opposed to August drastically cut this time short. For half a minute it was thought these two programs would be scrapped.
In order to successfully host Shop With a Mustang and Shop With A Warrior, both Kennesaw Mountain and North Cobb High Schools had to rely on donations from our community and alumni of these two schools
Thanks to the generosity of Superior Plumbing, the Acworth Business Association, the Kennesaw Business Association, Piedmont Church and individual businesses and alumni, each school was able to raise the $3000 needed to fund these two programs.
The money raised covered their costs of buses, t-shirts, sweatshirts for the little shoppers, a take home goodie bag for each youngster and provided each little shopper had at least $100 to spend on gifts. In essence high school students form teams and “adopt” a young student, taking them shopping for Christmas
Yes, there were restrictions that were met, for safety reasons. NCHS hosted 45 students at their school on Saturday December 12 while KMHS students met at their individual feeder schools instead as a large group at KMHS and hosted 75 youngsters.
The Shop program was originally the idea of a group of KMHS student leaders in 2004. Based off of their character Ed lessons and their community mentors instilling the concept of serving your community the students decided to take care of future mustangs – The first year was so successful that KMHS helped NCHS start their own version of shopping in 2005. Since the conception at Kennesaw mountain the students have assured 42 high schools around the country financially and with how to information start their programs. UGA , tech, and John Hopkins have started variations of the program from former KMHS students.
Pictured above: Superior Plumbing’s Tina Myers presents a check to KMHS, Billy Richardson for $1000 to be used in the Shop with a Mustang program
At right, Superior Plumbing’s Tina Myers presents a check to NCHS, Kennedy Reese for $1000 to be used in the Shop with a Warrior program