Last week, Jenison Junior High hosted their annual Student Showcase benefiting Hand2Hand Ministries and had more than 350 guests! Through their special soup dinner and Be Nice doorway campaign a little more than $1500 was donated to the local organization. Hand2Hand partners with local schools and churches to provide meals for students in need over the weekends. The money raised at the Student Showcase will go to benefit the 2900 students in the Hand2Hand program.
Each year the event grows to include new elements for visitors to enjoy and this year was no exception. Aside from the soup dinner the Student Showcase highlighted many fine arts groups including the band, orchestra and choir solos. Guests could watch a recap video spotlighting the East Coast Trip for 8th graders and enjoy displays from various clubs and Science Olympiad. Two basketball games were added this year as well and according to Junior High Vice Principal, Heather Breen, “Our musical performances, theatre monologues, Language Arts Coffee House, Art Club murals, Photography Club displays and Craft Cafe projects were all highlights of the evening. People lined up to see these student performances!”
Once again, the Be Nice initiative was showcased as well. Students involved in the Be Nice club organized a classroom doorway decorating competition fundraiser for Hand2Hand Ministries. They also helped promote Student Showcase by creating posters and flyers advertising the events. The Student Congress and Lead On groups were also essential in the behind the scenes preparation, advertising, decorating, greeting, serving, collecting money and cleaning up. The Lead On students even wrote a grant to underwrite costs of the event!
Ms Breen adds, “I would like to thank our Jenison families and community for their ongoing support of our students, programs and events. I believe that this event continues to be a success due to the overwhelming support of our staff, families and the Jenison community.”
Congratulations to all Junior High students and faculty involved with Student Showcase! It is truly a special way for the community to learn and appreciate all of your diverse talents and interests! We’re proud of you!