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Treats for Troops

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Laurie Mooney,   St Michael Elementary School
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Treats for Troops
The St. Michael Fuel Up to Play 60 team sponsors Treats for Troops, the team that encourages students to donate their Halloween candy for Blue Star Moms. The candy is then used to make care packages for our US soldiers serving overseas. This was our 6th year participating in this awesome project. The team works hard to encourage students in the school to donate their candy. This year, we collected 247 pounds of candy and had 5 grades with 100 percent participation. That was a school record! Zap Zone a local laser tag and indoor glo golf facility, donated prizes to the students in the grades with 100% participation. ZZ, the mascot for Zap Zone, comes to the school and hand-delivers the free passes. This is a huge hit with the kids. The Blue Star charter presidents come and accept the candy and explain to the students how it will be used and how appreciative they are of their donations. The candy donated saves the community thousand and thousands of empty calories!!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The Fuel Up to Play 60 team encourages the parishioners to also donate their unused candy for the Blue Star Moms. Adults will personally deliver their leftover candy for the Treats for Troops. This becomes about more than just the school students.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

This was our 6th year collecting candy for Treats for Troops and the Blue Star Moms. The students love participating in the annual collection; every year they get more and more generous with their own candy!!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Treats for Troops is an opportunity for the students to make a difference and donate their own candy for a great cause. It isn’t like other fundraisers where the parent donates money or buys something to donate. The students make the sacrifice and donate for themselves. This saves the students thousands and thousands of empty calories, donating over 200 pounds of candy!!