December 24, 2009
The giving spirit
Every year, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, the students and staff at Holy Family School share Thanksgiving dinner with community leaders. This year, inspired by a project they did in religion class, the students decided that they wanted to share their food with senior citizens who are struggling this season.
“I thought it was really commendable,” says Clara Isom, principal of Holy Family School. “The students decided to share their food with the elderly residents that live at Magnolia Cove across the street from the school. They [the Magnolia Cove residents] are always watching out for us like little guardian angels of the campus and are very protective of us. If they see we’ve left a light on or something suspicious, they always give us a call. The students wanted to thank them for all the love they show us.”
On Wednesday, November 25, Cherriel Hall, bookkeeper, and Helen Power, teacher, at Holy Family School, took the fifth grade class across the street to deliver the meals.
“Everybody they gave food to was really thankful,” says Mrs. Isom.
“We made them happy and we were happy too,” says Kyah Freeman, fifth grade student. “It put a good feeling in our hearts to help by serving the older people in Holly Springs.”
Derick Royston Jr., also a fifth grader, agreed.
“It felt good to know we could give back to them,” Derick adds with a smile. “I thought we did a good job. May the Lord bless us and the elderly too.”
Mollie Jo Kinard, wife of Billy Mack Kinard of Meridian, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fant of Holly Springs, graduated with highest honors December 12 from Meridian Community College (MCC). She was recognized, along with eight others, and honored into the College’s Circle of Excellence. She was chosen based on scholarship, leadership, spirit and service. While attending MCC, Kinard was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society, Organization of Student Nurses, and participated in the Scholars Bowl at the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing student convention. She also participated in making Easter baskets for Hope Village, Wesley House, Care Lodge and helped raise money for the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. As a graduate of the associate degree nursing program, Kinard will begin work as an RN in the critical care unit at Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian. An alumnus of Mississippi State University, she also plans to obtain a master’s degree and work as a nurse practitioner with future aspirations of becoming a nurse educator.
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