Moose Lodge funds annual senior dinner
By Sarah Steele Wilson
Oct 22, 2012, 13:54
At the end of every school year, Colonial Heights High School honors some of its finest students during the Colonial Heights Education Foundation Dinner.
The 10 individuals selected as students of the month during the school year are presented with scholarships and asked to honor the teacher who had the biggest influence on their scholastic career.
“It’s a very moving ceremony,” said division Superintendent Dr. Joseph Cox.
This year, that annual dinner will be paid for in full by the Colonial Heights Moose Lodge, which presented a $5,000 check to fully fund the event and provide scholarships.
“We’re going to cover the whole cost,” said Derek Pattison, a member of the Colonial Heights Moose Lodge who was on hand for the presentation of the check at the high school on Thursday. “One of the main missions of the Moose is supporting youth and youth activities in a positive manner.”
Jimmy Jackson, Administrator of the Colonial Heights Moose Lodge, noted that his group also provides assistance to the school system’s Backpack Blessings program, which provides backpacks filled with food to help sustain students who receive free and reduced price lunches during the week over the weekends.
“We’re really big into that,” Jackson said. “We support them 100 percent.”
“The Colonial Heights Moose is just very, very generous and we’re greatly appreciative,” Cox said speaking after the check presentation on Thursday.
Colonial Heights High School principal Kristin Janssen said she was happy that the entire senior dinner would be paid for by a single donation.
“This is an exceptionally generous donation,” she said. “To have the Moose take care of the entire donation is wonderful.”