Students and staff from many of the Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) continued their community support and caring by helping those less fortunate as we enter the holiday season. Here is a sampling of what has been going on throughout the district.

Perhaps the largest event was a food drive at Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) that seemed to take on a life of its own and surprised everyone with the result. A total of 7,418 items of non-perishable foods were donated by students and staff. The food is being sorted to support a number of VMHS families. Food will also be donated to the food pantry at the El Mesias United Methodist Church. The Special Education Department students and staff played an integral role in promoting and supporting this year’s effort at VMHS. Pictured here from left to right are some of them as they gathered up donations from classrooms: Noe Ramirez, 11th grade; Frankie Vasquez, 9th grade; Ruben Acuna, 9th grade; Chris Rodriguez, 11th grade; J.D. Cavazos, staff member.

At Midkiff Elementary School, a food drive was sponsored by the student council. The result was 3,256 cans of donated food which was donated to the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. Pictured from left to right are: Paula Moreno, vice president; Michelle Sanchez, historian; Iris Alvarez, secretary; Mikey Ayala, treasurer; John Fuentes, president.

At R. Cantu Jr. High School (RCJH), the student council and pep squad joined forces to sponsor a school wide project to help out six local families with a Thanksgiving food basket. Pictured seated are: Celia Cavazos, Denise Torres, Brandy Cuellar, Noemi Briones, Victoria Olivarez, Bianca Benavides, Money Sepulveda, Yaritza Barrera. Standing are: Bianca Rodriguez, Briana Cantu, Diego Gutierrez, Adela Parras, Alex Hinojosa, Amir Coutino, Carolina Cigala, Ulyssa Mendoza, Heather Hoyuelas, Cristina Arguello, Julissa Garza, Judith Maro.

O’Grady Elementary School held a canned food drive during Red Ribbon Week to help make Thanksgiving baskets for families in their community. Five baskets were filled with turkeys and hams also being donated by staff members.

The staff at Cavazos Elementary School is donating turkeys to go along with cans of food collected from students during Red Ribbon Week. This will help at least 15 families during this holiday.

The students and staff at Alton Memorial Jr. High School combined their efforts to provided donated turkeys and canned foods to help 24 families with plastic bins full of food and a full Thanksgiving meal.

A food drive at Escobar/Rios Elementary School has kept parent volunteers and the parental liaison busy there recently as they sort and distribute donated items to help those less fortunate during the holiday.

Over at Mission High School, the junior class is getting a jump start on Christmas by conducting a toy drive to benefit the Mission Boy’s and Girl’s Club in mid December.