Mount Airy High School’s Health Occupation Students of America chapter is hoping a canned food drive set for Friday will be just what the doctor ordered to support the Mount Airy Relay for Life.
According to HOSA Advisor Lynn Snow, the group has set a goal of collecting 1,000 cans of food at Friday’s game against Starmount. Snow said the cans will be used in luminary bags which will line the track at the Relay For Life event on Sept. 7 at MAHS. Traditionally, the cans are placed inside the luminary bags which line the track to keep them from blowing over during the event.
Afterwards, the cans of food will be donated to the Hungry Bears Back Pack Program. This program supports students who attend BH Tharrington, Jones Intermediate and Mount Airy Middle School. The backpacks of easy to prepare food are given to children who might not otherwise have food for the weekend.
“All of this is in honor of the MACS employees who have battled or are currently battling cancer,” said Snow who said Melissa Watts-Hiatt of Relay For Live initially contacted the chapter for their help. “There are a lot of them out there who continue to serve. We admire them for their perseverance and we want to let them know we support them.”
Snow said the drive is a natural extension of the group’s mission and also teaches students they are embarking on a profession and a way of life where they must earn respect and success. Mount Airy High School’s HOSA Club and students won several awards at the national level HOSA Competition in Nashville, Tenn., in late June.
Snow said out of the six which competed, four walked across the stage as first place winners. A total of 7,500 from across the nation participated in the competition. The Club also won the 2013 Gold Star Chapter Award. She noted two former students had recently gotten in touch with her. Kellner Truett informed Snow she had been accepted into East Carolina’s medical program and Granite Bear Tori Welch had been accepted into Wingate College’s Physician’s Assistant program.
“These kids go on to do big things,” said Snow. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our club and of the support we receive from the community.”