Among the schools that participated were:
Church Hill Intermediate
In December, students at CHIS will be collecting canned and nonperishable food for the local emergency food pantry. CHIS also created cards of thanks for Starnes and delivered baked goods from Patsy’s Bakery to the Central Office for Starnes and his staff.
Bulls Gap School
Bulls Gap School honored Starnes by holding a coat drive. As of Wednesday, 34 coats had been donated, and the drive will continue through next week. All coats will go back to students in need at the school.
Carters Valley Elementary
Carters Valley Elementary students collected toiletries like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc. to help families who have to travel and stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
Cherokee High School
Students wrote dozens of thank you notes, art department made a banner, and the school collected 60 coats in a winter coat drive we did in combination with Beta Club. They have set up a coat closet at school where needy students can come in privacy and pick out a coat. As soon as they feel that we have helped all the students at Cherokee, they will donate the rest to Shepard’s Center.
Church Hill Elementary
Church Hill Elementary hosted a breakfast for Starnes and provided a box of sweets from Patsy’s Bakery. The school is also hosting a food drive in his honor to provide food boxes for 15 families.
Church Hill Middle
Church Hill Middle hosted a canned food drive and collected more than 1,500 items for the local emergency food pantry.
Clinch School honored Starnes in various ways including collecting pet supplies for the Hawkins County Humane Society and sending letters to two terminally ill children in the Southeast.
Joseph Rogers Primary
During JRP’s monthly leadership assembly, Starnes participated in a skit about putting first things first. Starnes was also honored by the students with a canned food drive of items that will be donated to the Family Resource Center in Rogersville. The students of JRP wrote letters of appreciation to Starnes thanking him for all that he does for the students.
Keplar Elementary donated items to the Hawkins County Humane Society in honor of Starnes.
McPheeters Bend Elementary
Students collected groceries to provide six families with a complete Thanksgiving meal.
Mooresburg Elementary’s GFORCE conducted a food drive for the Mooresburg Community Association. They collected a total of 554 food items. MCA Director Bonnie Zappulla was presented with the cans of food and spoke to the students about the impact that the contributions that they made will have on the community. Starnes was also presented with a tree of thanks created by the kindergarten and first grade classes.
Mount Carmel Elementary
Mount Carmel students celebrated Superintendent Appreciation Month by collecting canned foods, boxed dinners and toiletry items for Hawkins County Resource Center’s food pantry at Carters Valley Elementary. More than 450 items were collected to help stock this outreach for Hawkins County students. They also sponsored Thanksgiving meals through Second Harvest Food Bank in Honor of Starnes and wrote letters to the director thanking him for all he does for the schools. The A-Team created posters with a French theme to decorate the stage.
Rogersville Middle honored Starnes with a donation to the Ronald McDonald House. It is the school’s hope that the donation will enable even more children to grow strong.
Pathways Alternative School
Pathways Alternative School provided letters of encouragement and snack items for Starnes and Central Office staff.
St. Clair Elementary
The students and faculty collected food for the Family Resource Center to show their appreciation for Starnes. Those items will be presented on Monday at 8 a.m.
Surgoinsville Elementary is holding its annual Turkey Teacher contest in honor of Starnes. The money raised through students voting for their favorite teacher will be used to purchase food gift cards for students whose families may need a little extra help for the holidays. To date, SES has raised a little over $400, and Starnes was at SES on Tuesday to crown this year’s Turkey Teacher.
Surgoinsville Middle conducted a canned food drive in honor of Starnes. Collected food was donated to Of One Accord Ministry and will be distributed in Hawkins County.
Volunteer is collecting items for the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox in honor of Starnes.