Oak Mountain Middle School Raises Over $25,000 for Toys for Tots

Cindy Warner, Shelby County Schools Public Relations Supervisor

An enthusiastic holiday spirit arrived early among students at Oak Mountain Middle School when the National Junior Honor Society kicked off their annual Toys for Tots fundraiser which netted $25,201.95 for local children in need.  This contribution exceeded the 2011 donation by over two-hundred dollars.  During the month of November, students became very creative in earning donations to benefit this charity sponsored by the Birmingham area United States Marine Corps.  Students in grades 6 – 8 helped baby sit, performed household and yard chores, held bake sales, and even sacked groceries at the Indian Springs Winn-Dixie location to earn their donations.  School employees also participated by hosting a faculty volleyball game which matched Alabama and Auburn alumni against one another.  All proceeds benefitted Toys for Tots.

 Members of the National Junior Honor Society, all eighth graders, are looking forward to buying new toys, books, games, bicycles, and other items when they shop Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the Hoover Toys R Us, a corporate partner of the national Toys for Tots organization.  Armed with calculators, students, along with NJHS sponsors Amy Grimes, Chad Burdett, Lauren Gingras, will be given a specific amount to spend.  Once shopping is complete, employees of New Latitudes, an OMMS business partner, will load the purchases on to waiting moving trucks. A joyous assembly will then be held for the entire student body so that all students can see the colorful and shining results of their commitment to help children who are less fortunate.  The National Junior Honor Society will then surrender the hundreds of items to the Marines for area distribution.

 In addition to Oak Mountain Middle School’s effort, Oak Mountain High School National Honor Society members also raised $4,500 for Toys for Tots and donated $500 to Oak Mountain Missions to support people in the community.