An Editor’s note: This report is a direct follow-up to a Teen Talk article titled “Honor Society wants to end milk break heartache,” which ran in the Nov. 14, 2012, edition of The Caledonia Argus.
With a pinch more than a handful of years of teaching experience under my belt, I can recall many times young people have left me amazed and very proud.
For example, as a teacher, I have witnessed my students learn something for the first time, knowing that they have added knowledge that they will carry for a lifetime and help improve our community, and with great hope, our world.
As a coach, I have seen my athletes give immeasurable effort between the lines after a demanding day in the classroom to give everything they have in the name of their sport, their school, their teammates and themselves.
As an advisor, I have seen my participants bring a script to life, promote school morale through recreation, assist children as they learn a new hobby and fundraise for international causes.
Through all of these moments and more, I have been amazed and proud of what young people can do if presented an opportunity: an opportunity such as Project Moove.
I am Tory-Kale Schulz, a new teacher at the Caledonia Elementary School and the new National Honor Society advisor. Now, I read Katie Meyer’s superb article from a November issue of the Argus, and I don’t plan on repeating her talented work, but I have the privilege of witnessing the project’s developments from genesis to check presentation.
One morning in November after a weekend stewing on the issue, I took a clear-cut message to the National Honor Society at one of our meetings. To me, it was more than a message I was delivering – it was a mission. Quite simply, since we had a substantial number of kids in our elementary school who would be going without milk at milk break on a daily basis when our milk fund was exhausted, somebody needed to do something for these fellow Warriors. That somebody was the 24-member Caledonia Warriors National Honor Society.
Our Warriors National Honor Society set out with a goal to raise $1,200. One month later, they raised $4,512. They initially wanted to tell Superintendent Barton that they would have enough money to help this year’s students. What they formally presented to him was enough money to help students for years to come. They didn’t begin this project to leave a legacy of paying it forward, add a paragraph to their college application letter or bullet for a resume or uphold the core values of the National Honor Society; they simply began to help kids in their own school community.
Not lost in my praise for our Caledonia Warriors NHS is my sincere and whole-hearted appreciation for the many individuals, groups and businesses that donated to Project Moove. After all, without your exceedingly generous support, the students would not have reached and surpassed the goal we set. I thank you so very, very much. I am proud to teach in your community.
Earlier, I stated how I have had the pleasure of observing moments of amazement and pride in my career working with young people. This project provided several of those times. I only wish community members could have seen the faces of these students when I pitched the project, heard their voices when they started enthusiastically discussing ways they could reach our goal of $50 per NHS member or counted the money by my side, seeing senior students write sizable checks out of their own personal checking account.
This being said, fortunately, many people in the community witnessed them in action, going door-to-door soliciting donations, speaking to businesses asking for support and attending service club meetings, to name a few. Many parents saw their young adult children dedicate themselves to being promoters of a cause that would benefit kids they may never meet. I saw passionate leaders who will soon inherit a world that is in desperate need of selfless heroes — heroes seen by an individual, amazed and proud.