‘Tis the season of giving, and the members of our Shattuck-St. Mary’s family gave wholeheartedly this year as the School held several annual fundraisers for the wider Faribault community.
Each year, our Student Government holds various events to raise money to buy gifts for the Hope Center, a local non-profit organization that supports women and children who are victims of domestic violence. After hosting several “dress-down days,” in which students and faculty can donate money in order to wear casual dress during in-person classes, the Student Government also created its very first virtual 5K run, called “The Snowflake Shuffle.” Due to state and nationwide executive orders barring large gatherings, participants could donate to the Hope Center and run or walk their 5K at their own convenience. After everyone completed their Snowflake Shuffle, Student Government had raised over $4,500, surpassing their goal from last year!
Meanwhile, the SSM faculty and staff competed in a school-wide food drive to raise donations for the brand-new Faribault Food Shelf. After weeks of friendly, yet cutthroat competition, Team #7, also known as “Gobbledygook,” won with a donation of 1,407.45 lbs. Altogether, SSM employees donated 3,733 lbs. of food to the Faribault Food Shelf.
The goodwill didn’t stop there! A family of one of our current students donated 100 turkeys and 50 hams to be shared with SSM employees with the attached note: “We recognize that this has been a challenging and tiring year for everyone at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Your extra effort, time, and commitment that has gone into keeping the doors open for our children has not gone unnoticed. We are thankful for your dedication and hope that as you share a holiday meal with your own families, you will remember that you are appreciated and valued. Happy holidays!”
Finally, our Food Service employees spent a great deal of time and effort on making Thanksgiving a special holiday for our students and employees on campus during the holiday weekend. They also went above and beyond in creating tasty gift baskets used as a send-off treat for employees before starting Winter Break.
We’re so grateful for everyone in our SSM family and the dedication each member has to keeping SSM strong. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!