In March, Montverde Academy’s Middle-school National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), under the direction of Mrs. Sara Stelle-Parets, MVA Middle-school 6th grade teacher, and NJHS advisor, was presented the Outstanding Compassion in a Kids Food Drive Award for 2014 from the Buses n’ Backpacks organization. The annual philanthropic honor was presented this year to the MVA Middle-school NJHS for the foods raised in the 2014 Spring Cereal Drive and the 2014 Fall PB&J Drive (*it is estimated that students collected food for nearly 7,000 individual meals for area students in need).

The award was accepted by NJHS Vice-President Bailey Bates and member Jacob Lewin at the recent 2015 Clermont Pig on the Pond event. Last month, Ms. Tandy Hammond, Director of Buses N’ Backpacks, visited an MVA Middle-school Assembly where she bestowed the award to the MS student body and emphasized how MVA’s contributions will have a positive impact on the lives of the those in need living throughout our community. The 2014 Compassion Award was also awarded to Publix of Montverde, Florida, for largest business food drive.  Chick-Fil-A of Clermont, Florida, won the Buses n’ Backpacks 2014 Philanthropic Award. MVA’s NJHS  will continue their altruistic work with both the NJHS Spring Cereal Drive and Fall PB&J Drive in 2015.  Last month (from April 7th – 10th, 2015) Montverde Academy’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) held a successful “Spring Cereal Food Drive” by collecting 340 boxes of cereal to support Buses n’ Backpacks.