Masuk generosity keeps families from going hungry

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Masuk Assistant Principal Mark Schwarz, left, Steven Lee, president of the Class of 2020, third from left, and Maddie Kobza, vice president of the Class of 2020, far right, present checks to the town's social services director, Henna Ali, to benefit the Monroe Food Pantry. Contributed

MONROE — Masuk High School students and administrators donated a total of $1,550 to the Monroe Food Pantry at a time when a rising number of families are struggling to put food on their tables amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Covid-19 has, unfortunately, caused some serious economic hardship across the planet and within our own community,” said Masuk Assistant Principal Mark Schwarz. “We hope that this donation will help to ease the burden for community members who are in need.”

Students used the proceeds from $10 tickets sold for the Snow Ball, a dance for all four classes held on Feb. 21. The senior class donated $500 and the other classes pitched in $250 each.

“We are very proud of these kids,” Schwarz said. “They have remained civic-minded in spite of these sad and troubling times.”

In addition to students’ generosity, Schwarz said he, Principal Jacob Greenwood and Assistant Principal Julia Strong made a $300 donation to the Monroe Food Pantry on behalf of teachers in the school district.

“This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we felt this would be a nice tribute to our teachers who care deeply about Monroe,” Schwarz said. “This is how we are choosing to honor our staff, while they instruct their students from afar.”

He praised teachers for their hard work in adapting to distance learning late in the school year.

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