Tomahawk Creek Middle School (TCM) is a unique student body which exemplifies true solidarity and a selfless work ethic.
“I have never experienced a group of students that are so willing to make a plan of action as well as follow through with that plan, where they see a community in need,” said Phaedra Clark, a teacher at TCM.
Their efforts to help others started last year when the student body began to raise money for a classmate's heart transplant. Hosting the Hoops for the Heart basketball game, they raised a lump sum of $2,500. The initiative continued this year when they hosted a game entitled Dribble for Drescher. This game raised $2,200 for a student who is paralyzed.
However the school's most effective program, Tomahawk Gives Back (TGB), has been initiated by the president of the student body, Andrew Branin. “It was a program we designed to help kids around the county,” Andrew said.
Andrew was inspired to lead the TGB initiative by his father who shared with him stories from various underprivileged children during his two year stint substituting teaching. However, the task of TGB was too large for one individual to take on. Andrew was able to pull the entire school together to turn his vision into a reality.
TGB was kicked off by a moving and very emotional assembly to celebrate the new program. The program's ideals were to provide a joyful holiday season for those of a lower socioeconomic status. They're way of doing that was supplying not gifts, but gift cards. The reasoning for the gift cards is practical and simple, they ensure that the money is spent on store bought items, and they ensure that what is purchased is really what the individual wanted.
To make the kick off assembly a success, Andrew and his peers partnered with his mother, Christine Branin and her co-workers at The Martin Agency. The assembly included special guests Rob Ukrop and a recent actor in a UPS ad campaign who we commonly refer to as the ‘UPS whiteboard guy.'
In addition songwriter, Dave Muhlenfeld (who is known for the FreeCreditReport.com) song was able to contribute the lyrics to a personalized song for the event.
“I was at the assembly and it was truly powerful,” said Christine Branin.
At the culmination of the event, all of the individuals from the student body came forward to contribute their giftcards, resulting in a mass donation of $5,200.
“At TC we are still beginning to shape our identity. We have a very focused vision on technology, commitment, moral leadership, and service…Everyone can give back to others,” said Principal Jeff Ellick.
The students proved Principal Ellick right, everyone can give back, and they did. The students have come together in a monumental way and we look forward to their future endeavors in our community.
Super Hero Name: The League of Extraordinary Gentle People
Powers: The ability to help around the community and provide for those who are less fortunate.