Midwest Central embraces the spirit of giving
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[December 06, 2013]
MANITO — Midwest Central District No. 191 truly
knows the meaning of the season. With so many in need within their
own community and the surrounding areas, administrators, teachers,
staff and students are coming together to help in many ways.
With the recent storm damage from Pekin and continuing north,
Midwest Central schools have each come up with their own unique ways
to help out.
Midwest Central Primary School hosted a hat day to raise money
for those affected by the recent storms. Students and staff were
allowed to wear a hat to school in exchange for a $1 donation.
Together, they collected $673.52 in donations, all going to the
disaster relief fund.
At Midwest Central Middle School, the student council chose to
have a drive to collect needed items: household items, clothing,
hygiene products and more. Also, money from a fundraiser went to
The Midwest Central High School FFA organization also joined the
cleanup efforts. The group traveled to Benson and assisted with
clearing debris from fields.
Along with assisting people affected by storms, the district is
coming together to once again assist with the Snow Buddies program.
Snow Buddies works with interested parents in need. Parents fill out
a form with clothing size information for all children in their
immediate family. That information is then passed along to
volunteers who either shop for them or make a monetary donation for
the shopping to be done by someone else. Also donations of clothing,
toys and numerous gifts are accepted that are then divided among the
children. Once the gifts are bought, they can be dropped off at the
primary school anytime on or before Dec. 13 so that parents can pick
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The Midwest Central High School National Honor Society is joining
in this effort. This week they are sponsoring a drive for new socks
to support the Snow Buddies program. New socks for infants through
to adult size can be donated at collection bins in the school.
Midwest Central District 191 administrators, staff, faculty and
students all have worked hard to give to those in need close and
"This district amazes me with their continued giving spirit all
year long, but they have gone above and beyond even their normal
level these past few weeks," said Superintendent Todd Hellrigel.
Anyone interested in assisting with the Snow Buddies programs may
contact Rashelle Cupi, coordinator, at
For more information, find Midwest Central on
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[Text from file received from
Midwest Central School