Candy Give-Back Program succeeds at Monett

Friday, November 10, 2017
Monett High School Student Council and National Honor Society members helped to sort and package donated candy to send to active duty troops in Operation Gratitude. Contributed photo

Students send Halloween prizes to active duty troops

Monett trick-or-treaters joined kids across the nation as they brought their Halloween candy and handwritten letters of gratitude to Monett schools as part of the Candy Give-Back initiative.

The Candy Give-Back program collected a total of 163 pounds of candy.

Central Park Elementary School third graders in Jennifer Hickinbotham’s class showed the candy they brought to donate to the Candy Give-Back Program. Contributed photo

The goodies collected from Monett school children were shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in Care Packages to U.S. Armed Forces members deployed overseas and to first responders serving here at home.

According to Alex Severs, Monett school district wellness coordinator, the Candy Give Back program exceeded expectations. Efforts expanded beyond Monett’s kindergarten through eighth grade campuses to include International Dehydrated Foods, Monett High School and National Honor Society students.

International Dehydrated Foods donated all shipping materials needed to package the candy in preparation for shipment. Monett’s National Honor Society students volunteered their time to help Severs and Patty Bounous, community wellness coordinator, sort and package the candy and letter donations received. The Missouri Foundation for Health provided the resources to cover shipping costs.

Nearly four years ago the Monett school district became part of the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Healthy Schools/Healthy Communities initiative. Since then the district has been focused on healthy eating and active living.

"Through the Candy Give Back program, students learned not only the value of giving back to others, but the importance of enjoying treats in moderation," Severs said.