Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee held a month-long food drive for underprivileged children who attend a local elementary school, Jordan Elementary.
Jordan employees report that 125 grade school children participate in Blessings in a Backpack. This program supplies food to children each weekend during the school year; children often would go hungry without the necessary food.
On Thursdays, Jordan Elementary staff packs the backpacks for 125 children; they distribute these backpacks to them each week on Friday.
Principal Stacy DeCorsey says that she often has to purchase supplies with her own money since there aren’t enough donations coming in to the school each week. So, Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee answered the call and dove into action!
Staff and faculty were divided into teams, and they were competing for the top prize: a free lunch off campus. Participants brought in items to donate. Jordan Elementary staff members stressed that the items should be fairly nutritious and also items which elementary students could easily make and eat on their own. They recommended foods such as cereal bars, instant oatmeal, instant macaroni and cheese, granola bars, and similar items.
MSB staff and faculty gathered students’ support as well. Students were given personal (rather than academic) incentives to participate in the food donation drive. Business Program Chair Dick Anderson donated 100 fruit cups; this, coupled with veterinary technology students’ support, ultimately led to the success of team three, Dr. Spaz’s Whirlybird Roadshow, winning the competition. VT Instructors Cassie Panning and Alesha Schutz encouraged student participation.
After four weeks of donations, MSB-Shakopee collected over 2,500 items for children! On Thursday, December 6, 2012 selected staff members drove to Jordan Elementary and packed the backpacks with Jordan Elementary staff. They were armed with the final donation from the Shakopee Campus. Campus Director, Aimee LaRouche was joined by Associate Campus Director, Brian Saintey, Students Accounts Manager, Kim Bender, and Academic Coordinator, Beena Koshy.