Blessings in a Backpack is a national program with more than 400 participating schools. Community members donate financially and with food. School staff members pack backpacks every week, and needy students take food home. MSB-Shakopee discovered Jordan Elementary School in its backyard was in need, and staff and faculty answered the call to help.
The Strategy: Staff and faculty have been divided into three teams.
The Rules: There are no rules! Staff and faculty are encouraged to donate as much as possible over a four week period.
The Prize: The winning team receives an off campus meal.
The competition is fierce at MSB-Shakopee, so keep your eyes peeled for who is in the lead each week!
Team 1: Hootie’s Hottie Humanitarians took an early lead. This team consists of the Admissions Department (Gretchen Seifert, Director of Admissions, and admission representatives Lexi Gorshe, Brad Stanke, and Scot Moncur), Campus Director Aimee LaRouche, and Administrative Assistant Viki Clayton. Upon seeing its success, George Teagarden also joined team 1 in the first week.
In the second week of competition, Team 2: The Sharks took an early lead. The Sharks are made of the Financial Aid and Academic Departments: Director of Financial Aid Karen Samstad and Student Accounts Representative Kim Bender; Dean of Students Sheri Schultz, and Academic Coordinator Beena Koshy; and Administrative Assistant Dan Skelly. DVM, Stacie Seymour and Adjunct Faculty member Bill Hire are also rounding out team 2.
Team 3: Doctor Spazmagnum’s Flamboyant Whirlybird Road Show is a conglomeration of some eccentric faculty members (clearly evident by the name team members chose). Dean of Faculty John Skoy is joined by Campus Librarian Nolan Cook, full time faculty members Alesha Schutz and Cassie Panning, program chairs Dick Anderson and Hayley Cleuver, and Service Learning Coordinator Jay Moore.
Staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items from October 15-November 21. Donations are dropped off at Jordan Elementary School weekly. Each week, one non-perishable food item is given double points. For the week of October 22-26, instant oatmeal was worth double points. Double point items are only revealed the Thursday before each week begins. In one week, MSB-Shakopee filled five boxes of food to donate!
What can you do? Donate! Anyone from any campus can bring non-perishable food items to drop off at MSB-Shakopee. We are collecting cash, check, change, and food. Feel free to drop off items at the front desk with your name (or anonymously) and “Attention: Beena Koshy”.
Suggested items include: instant oatmeal, granola bars, cereal bars, raisins, easy mac, soups, canned veggies, tuna, etc. The objective is to donate healthy and easy to use items that elementary school children can access.
100% of donations go to help feed hungry children in our own community. Jordan Elementary School alone has 125 students in the program.
We can make a difference in the lives of our community members; we can do it one donation at a time.