MHS clubs come together to make a difference; staff member leads

The fall season is a time of sweaters, pumpkin-flavored treats, and provides a time with great opportunities for giving back to the community. On Halloween week, Administrative Assistant Melinda Carr, did just this. She organized the carving of 55 pumpkins to be delivered ap ato Fountain View nursing home to decorate for a Halloween Party. 

Fountain View, located at 1971 N Monroe Street, was established in 1974 and has been a primary source of care in Monroe. They offer long-term and short-term sub-acute rehabilitative service, according to their website. One of their main focuses is about making their guests feel at home, which is where holiday celebrations come in. Since many cannot do these activities and make decorations themselves, something as simple as having kids take twenty minutes to carve pumpkins can make their week.

When Carr was asked to make these pumpkins for Fountain View, she knew that the students at MHS would be able to deliver. 

“We always have such a great response for anything community-related,” said Carr. “The kids just, by droves, came into the office and we ended up with almost every possible group jumping in and kids asking if they could help” (Monroe News).

One of the groups that helped carve out these pumpkins was the Monroe High School Student Council. 

Senior and President of StuCo, Kayleigh Mester, told us what she had carved for the nursing home’s party. 

“We carved pumpkins to give to the elderly at Fountain View nursing home. I carved a mouse and thought it was cute for them,” said Mester.

Junior Andrew Whited, a member of Student Council, said that he likes being able to make a difference in people’s lives.

“I love making a difference in the community and seeing a smile on people’s faces,” said Whited.

Mr. Kimberlin, the Student Council advisor, said that his kids jumped quickly at the chance to carve pumpkins for Fountain View. They had a great time with something worth doing.

“They enjoyed it [carving the pumpkins] because it was a mess, the students enjoyed it and were excited. It was a good cause and that made it a good day.” Kimberlin said.