Meade Matters has been a Fort Meade institution since the nonprofit’s founder and director, Joyce Mills, began her teaching career at Meade High School more than 30 years ago.
Now retired from Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Mills remains at the helm of the organization she started to help Meade High School students.
“The organization initially helped students in need of food and clothing, but it has become so much more,” Mills said. “It supports the needy throughout the entire Meade feeder system which includes Laurel, Severn and Fort Meade.
“The nonprofit is supported by the Meade High School family as well as other organizations who donate school supplies, clothing, canned goods, toys, prom dresses and much more.”
Meade Matters is committed to help any student or adult in need. They do not need to be homeless to quality for assistance. Currently, 90 Meade High students are receiving help from the nonprofit.
Teacher Felicia Simmons is the Meade Matters assistant at Meade High School. Simmons provides crucial assistance to Mills as the need for help grows each year.
“Meade Matters started out small, helping about five families, but have helped as many as 40 families per one holiday,” Mills said.“At Thanksgiving, not only food baskets are distributed but school supplies as well. Toys are also added to the Christmas baskets.
“In addition, during the school year, Meade Matters helps with prom attire and tickets. It has also helped with Easter meals and backpacks of food over the summer.”
Meade Matters relies exclusively upon donations and fundraising to provide the funding for the holiday baskets. Herberts Helpers, a nonprofit fundraising organization, recently hosted a bingo for Meade Matters that raised $1,300 for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. A toy drive was also held by Herberts Helpers for the Christmas baskets.
Each holiday basket includes a full dinner with all the trimmings. Baskets of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, yams, greens, potatoes, corn, gravy, milk, bread, butter, pie or cake, and juice were distributed to needy families.
Meade Matters delivered 38 baskets for Thanksgiving this year, Mills said. That is up from 35 last year.
Meade Matters expects to fill approximately 20 Christmas baskets to deliver to families in time for the holiday this year.
“It is hoped that there will be toys for at least 10 baskets,” Mills said.
Items from the toy drive included games like Twister, Life, Scrabble, Cootie, and Connect Four. Children will find footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, 1,000-piece puzzles, art sets, dolls, hot wheels and nail polish.
“They will also receive hats and mittens for the younger kids,” Mills said. “If funds permit, it is hoped to include a sweater or pajamas for all families.”
Holiday baskets are given to the homeless and needy area families. Meade students who are members of Students Against Destructive Decisions assisted with packing the baskets and helping the recipients carry then to their vehicles to take home.
Meade Matters credits E-clips Hair/Barber Salon, Meade High School faculty and staff, Meade High School alumni, and the Fort Meade ROTC for helping the nonprofit fulfill its mission.
“Each family received a handwritten message about who donated to the baskets, making their holiday complete,” Mills said.
Spalding High announces First Quarter Honor Roll
Archbishop Spalding High School recently released its Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year. The requirement for the highest honor, the Principal’s Honor Roll, is a minimum 94 non-weighted GPA. Seniors making the Principal’s Honor Roll are: Hannah Badro, Jacob Brown, Lauren Bulger, Madison Burns, Leland DePole, Michael Howerton, Catherine Kosiba, Victoria Landerkin, Margot Lawn, Megan Mobley, Kate Oravec, Kylie Riddle, Anna Saderholm, Steven Shin, Jenna Snead, Marley Watkins, and Kellen Zemanski. For a complete list, visit www.archbishopspalding.org.
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