The Moxie Mountie

Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

Senior+Sydney+Bowler+takes+ornaments+from+the+giving+tree+to+help+a+family+in+need.
Senior Sydney Bowler takes ornaments from the giving tree to help a family in need.

Senior Sydney Bowler takes ornaments from the giving tree to help a family in need.

Audri Chenoweth

Audri Chenoweth

Senior Sydney Bowler takes ornaments from the giving tree to help a family in need.

Nicole Mata, Web Journalist

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






    Before the Adopt a Family program started, the student government would help a family or two every year. However, when teacher Miss Marnie Hade once led the student government in 2004, she adjusted the program by having the community participate.

  The current student government advisor is teacher Mrs. Abby Tanner but Hade is still in charge of the Adopt a Family program.

  All the families that were adopted are within the Northwest community and of any age or school. Hade started off her first year in 2004 with two families and last year helped 43 families, representing more than 120 students. This year there is approximately 37 families that are representing 127 students.

  The process Hade goes through to find which households are eligible for adoption includes sending emails to every staff member in the school district to find possible families in need.

  After the emails are sent, the students are required to make ornaments. The elementary students start by cutting out shapes to give to the middle school students, who will string them.

  Finally, high school students write the needs on them and hang them on numerous trees throughout the district.

  The ornaments were hung up on the Christmas trees located in Klavon’s, First Church of the Nazarene, Hankerd Hills, The Lost Shoe, and New Horizon’s Church. Peers donated items to the locations such as food, toiletries, clothing, and toys. Household were offered a cooked holiday meal from Meijer, which they would have pick up on Christmas Eve.

  Everyone can help out by signing up in Hade’s room to volunteer after school to wrap and sort gifts, or donate money on Dec. 18 and 19.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the Contributors
Nicole Mata, Web Journalist
Nicole is a junior who enjoys listening to music, traveling and playing soccer. “Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without offending” Drake
Audri Chenoweth, Web Editor-in-Chief
Audri is a senior who enjoys traveling, photography, and hanging out with friends in her spare time. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” Audrey Hepburn
Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Northwest students create awareness project

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Obesity and starvation in the United States

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Contagion class dissects cow heart, lungs, and tongue

  • News

    Getting ready for reality

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Students participate in Clark Lake Polar Plunge

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Community members attend trip to fund Project Graduation

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Community Closet helps students in need

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    College and Career Access Center teams up with teacher to assist seniors

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Instructor inspires students to collect supplies for those in need

  • Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row

    News

    Jackson area prepares for Halloween events

The student news site of Northwest High School in Jackson, Michigan
Teacher hosts Adopt a Family program for 13 years in a row