Leaning into our norm of share the well, in the School’s 12th year participating for Toys for Tots, Mount Vernon students, families, faculty, and staff donated more than 2,875 toys as part of this initiative through the United States Marine Corps.
This morning, the community gathered together in three separate Chapel services and celebrated the joys of the holiday season by giving back.
In each service, we were joined by US Marines Lance Corporal Padilla and Lance Corporal Langston who spoke to the importance of this yearly drive and gave their thanks to Mount Vernon for years of contributions.
On Lower Campus, special performers included Maddie Thomas and Libby Patrick sharing their talents through ballet. There was even a musical guest, Mr. Ray Edwards, husband of Grade 5 teacher Emily Edwards, who accompanied the students’ singing on the piano. At Upper Campus Chapel, the School’s rock band, The Fabulous Mustangs, performed.
On both campuses, Chief IDEA Officer Stacey Lee spoke on the importance of making room for one more.
Toys for Tots first began in 1947 and to date has distributed 604 million toys, bringing hope and joy to more than 272 million children.
While we, as a School, participate in Toys for Tots annually, this year it was in conjunction with our Year of Impact challenge. Throughout the year, members of the community are working together to log a total 50,000 service hours, in honor of our 50th year celebration.
To date, Mustang students, parents, grandparents, alumni, and faculty and staff have logged more than 30,000 hours, officially passing the halfway mark last month!
We are grateful for all of the ways that the Mount Vernon community shares the well. If you have volunteered during the holiday season, please submit your service hours towards our total goal here.