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MWHS Hosts Community Collection Drive for WeCAN

November 27, 2018 — The winter holidays are an exciting time for most people; however, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to afford everyday items. With that in mind, Mound Westonka High School Student Senate and DECA are once again hosting a community-wide collection drive beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The groups will be collecting much needed personal care items for families and individuals served by Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN). Some items to consider donating are baby care products, personal care products, household cleaning supplies, and household paper goods.

Student Senate will be focusing on collections from students and families at MWHS, while DECA will be focusing on collections in the Westonka Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the Westonka Activities Center (WAC) from the community. The groups hope that combining forces will help to increase donations, even doubling it from last year’s total of over 450 items donated directly to our Westonka community.

To sweeten the deal: Student Senate is hosting a friendly competition between all grades! The winning grade with the highest weight of items will earn a special ice cream treat cart during their lunches on Friday, Dec. 14. For every day a student donates, a holiday treat will be given out.

Items can be collected starting Wednesday, Dec. 5, and running through Wednesday, Dec. 12. Students will have the option to donate in three ways:

  • Curbside Door Collection: Senate will meet students at the Courtyard Student Entrance and the North Doors on Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday to gather items on the spot.
  • Students can bring their items to the lunchroom where Senate will have a table for collection.
  • Boxes labeled by grade will be available in the D-Wing Hall outside D202/D205 classrooms. These boxes will be up every day and students can place their donations in the designated grade.

Visual tracking signage will be posted in the lunchroom, as well as on Twitter, and updated each day to see just which grade is in the lead.

Staff members are encouraged to participate in the drive this year. Advisor Jamie Harms said, "The more items we can collect, the better!" Staff can bring items to any of the drop-off options above and make their donation on behalf of the grade level of their choice.

Cash and check donations are graciously accepted as well. Please make checks payable to WeCAN and deliver them to Harms’ room (D202).

As part of this year’s DECA Chapter Project, "Thank You Westonka," collection boxes will be available during open hours in the WAC and at all winter band and choir concerts in the PAC. Collection dates in the PAC will be Dec. 10, 11, 13 and 17. The WAC will accept donations during open hours. Donations are welcome from all community members.

If you have any questions, please contact Student Senate advisors Harms at (952-491-8259) or Dale Kimball at

WeCAN is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to empower and equip individuals and families to reach stability and self-sufficiency. Their vision is that families and individuals will thrive in a vibrant community with full access to resources and support services. To learn more about WeCAN, visit

Needed Items this Holiday Season:

Personal Care Products

  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • dental floss
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body wash
  • soap
  • hand soap
  • lip balm
  • first aid items
  • lotion
  • sunscreen
  • face wash
  • moisturizer
  • deodorant

Cleaning Supplies

  • all-purpose cleaner (409, Lysol)
  • glass cleaner
  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • bathroom cleaner
  • sponges
  • dish soap
  • disposable cleaning wipes
  • dusting cloths
  • laundry soap
  • dryer sheets
  • mops
  • buckets
  • disinfectant spray
  • dishwasher detergent
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • tissues