Community service is an essential part of a Mulcahy education. Click on the titles below to see the many ways our students help in our community.
Our after school choices program got involved with the Step Up project and came up with an awesome idea about how to give back to other kids. They joined forces with all of the students and staff at Mulcahy and began a fundraiser that would provide students at Alpaugh School with a new sweatshirt, socks, and shoes. Our school raised a grand total of $8,278.00! We provided 233 pre-k through sixth grade students with shoes, socks, and sweatshirts.
AVID students collected and donated books for the Boys and Girls Club of Tulare. They collected 754 books. AVID and CJSF students donated time during their lunch breaks and after school to note the reading level, Accelerated Reading point value, and the AR test number in each book.
In March our leadership students organized a community service project. A group of thirty students, teachers, staff, and community members come together at Mulcahy to donate eight inches or more of their hair to an organization called Children with Hair Loss. This non-profit organization collects hair and money to create wigs for kids up to the age of 21, at zero cost to the child or parent.
In addition to the donated hair, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Bergstrom had a friendly competition to raise money to donate. The gentleman who raised the most money would get to shave the other’s head. Mr. Bergstrom was the winner by a landslide, raising almost $140 to Mr. Thompson’s $60. In a show of good sportsmanship, and just good fun, both men shaved their heads in front of the entire school!
Check out a video about this event.
The students of Mulcahy had a coin drive to help benefit the Lighthouse Rescue Mission. This organization shelters mothers and school aged children, many of who are our neighbors and friends. This year, we raised over $868.00 for the rescue mission.
The students of Mulcahy created a community garden with the idea that they could use the vegetables they grow to make salsa for our end-of-the-year sixth grade parties. However, they have big plans, and they are currently getting a planter built to go along the Howard Street fence. The students want to plant flowers in it to beautify it from the street view. Students also plan to add decomposed granite and a fence around the garden.
Mulcahy Middle School partnered with Los Tules and the Community Food Bank to provide over 20,000 tons of fruits and vegetables. We invited all members of the community to come and be a part of the event. Many families left with enough food to have a week’s worth of meals!
On September 26 Mulcahy teamed up with over 500 volunteers from other schools and the community to help with a project that MO created called Harvesting Hope. This student-lead and student-designed project finds local homes, farms, groves, and fields to harvest, donating all they pick to the local food bank. The Saturday that Mulcahy students and staff harvested, we helped to pick over 20,000 ears of corn for Food Link.
Our sixth grade students hosted a toiletries drive for the Visalia Rescue Mission. Students also brought in canned food items and clothing in addition to the toiletries. We were able to donate two bins full of toiletries, one bin filled with canned food items, and a few boxes of clothing.
Seventh and eighth grade AVID students collected pull-tabs off cans to benefit Childrens Hospital. We collected over ten thousand pull-tabs. After students send in the tabs, we weigh them, and the money we raise will go towards housing costs for families at the hospital.
On Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19, many 5th grade students from Mulcahy Middle School took a field trip to Palace Food Depot as part of their project-based learning assignment. The class learned how to add and subtract decimals and created numerous amounts of practice budgets to buy items from local ads. After practicing with the local advertisements, the class researched the first Thanksgiving meal, Thanksgiving meals on a budget, and much more to create their ideal Thanksgiving meal under $50. The 5th grade students looked to their fellow scholars and educators to raise money to purchase these Thanksgiving meals.
The school was able to raise money to purchase Thanksgiving meals for 15 deserving families in the community. Last year, the 5th grade class was able to purchase seven meals. Tulare Christian Church also donated ten meals to the school. Mulcahy Middle School was able to feed 25 families! Mr. Jenkin’s, our principal, delivered the meals to each of the families personally. During the field trip to Palace Food Depot, the students did the shopping and purchasing of the items themselves and had to stay under their budget. In the end, the students learned how to add and subtract decimals, but they also learned about giving back to the community. As one student put it, “Mrs. Delgado, it feels really good to give to people.”
In September 2015, Mulcahy Middle School conducted a community service project for the Valley Children’s Hospital and the United for Good project. We had some great activities to help everyone at our school to bring awareness to childhood cancer.
We sold bracelets and t-shirts to benefit the United for Good project. Please visit the Prezi website for a slide show regarding our involvement. For more information on the United for Good project, please visit the Powtoon website.
Mulcahy Middle School raised $2,153.72 for Valley Children’s Oncology department!
Tulare City School District raised $10,395.24! Way to go, Tulare!