We often ask our youth to consider the positive impact they can have in our school and community if they apply themselves; our Messalonskee Students have certainly done that and more…
Earlier this fall Jake Smith and Mikayla Turner helped organize the event earlier this fall where 31 student-athletes turned out to make 42 no-sew fleece blankets for Smile Bags*. The students worked on the blankets for several hours in an attempt to expand the effort started by Jake four years ago, when he decided to take it upon himself to help out homeless teens in the area. Since the Smile Bag effort began, Jake and his supporters have distributed 260 bags to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter and Messalonskee, Nokomis and Waterville High Schools.
* Smile Bags: include toiletries, books, stuffed animal, blankets, hats, mittens, etc. Bags are age & interest appropriate and designed to provide homeless youth with something they can keep in a situation where their home is temporary.
If you are interested in supporting this cause please email Jake at firstname.lastname@example.org !