Principal Matt Brown, and Key Club members Alyssa Sherwin, left, Charlie Clark, Morgan Airwyke, Milagro Cantera, Danielle Host, Samantha Graves. (back row) Kaylee Meininger, Holly Meininger, Mikayla Wilson, Hannah Urconis, Haley Yannuzzo, Kelsey Conn, Key Club Adviser Beverly Squirrell, and Emily Stutler accept a $2500 donation check from the Hagar Family Foundation for the Career Center food pantry.
Principal Matt Brown presents a $2500 donation check from the Hagar Family Foundation for the Career Center food pantry to Key Club Adviser Beverly Squirrell as Holly Meininger, left, Milagro Cantera, Charles Clark, Kaylee Meininger, Emily Stutler, and Kelsey Conn look on.
This school year, the Wayne County Schools Career Center Key Club started a food pantry for students who may not have enough to eat on the weekends. A food drive began in February and students and staff donated more than 4,000 items for the pantry.
The food pantry got a giant boost thanks to the Hagar Family Foundation, started by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar and his wife Kari. Principal Matt Brown contacted Hagar’s foundation to request a donation after attending numerous Sammy Hagar concerts, which featured food drives for local food banks.
More than 49 percent of Career Center students qualify for free or reduced lunches, Brown said. “My students have shown they are serious about helping one another,” he told Hagar in a letter requesting the donation. “We are up and running, but our supplies are dwindling fast as students in need of weekend meals and assistance are identified. Your support would be put to immediate use and help us keep the momentum going into the next school year.”
Brown received a check in the mail on April 25, and presented it to Key Club Adviser Beverly Squirrell and Key Club members on April 26.
“I’m impressed that the students wanted to put together a food pantry for struggling students,” said Brown. “I knew that Sammy Hagar, rock star, philanthropist, and entrepreneur wants to give back to kids.”