One Saturday a month, local volunteers serve as mentors to our students. They attend workshops, field trips, and spend quality time together throughout the school year. Our mentors and students spent December’s Mentor Day serving the community and reflecting on the things for which they were most grateful. To prepare for this Mentor Day, everyone at TMA participated in a school-wide competition where students, faculty, and staff donated toiletries, socks, underwear, hats, scarves, and similar items to create gift boxes for S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat), a local non-profit that provides meals, health services, and job training for the homeless. In just two short weeks, the Thurgood Marshall Academy family showed their holiday spirit by donating over 400 items to S.O.M.E.’s Shoebox Gift Drive.
During the Saturday Mentor Workshop, students and their mentors filled boxes with toiletries, socks, underwear, scarves, and similar items for the local nonprofit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). They also created Christmas Tree centerpieces, paper ornaments, and garlands to bring some holiday cheer to the homeless shelter at S.O.M.E. After a hard day’s work, the mentors and mentees relaxed for a meal created by New Course Catering, an organization committed to the professional training and personal growth of low-income and homeless men and women in the Metro DC area by providing culinary arts training and job placement for trainees with local restaurants, hotels, and caterers.
This mentor day was filled with holiday cheer, hard work and gratitude for all that we have and are able to do. In total, we donated 75 holiday gift boxes, four Christmas Tree centerpieces and a dozen garlands and ornaments. Most of all, we delivered the message that TMA cares about the homeless in our city. Thurgood Marshall Academy and the Mentor Program definitely made a tremendous impact this holiday season!