For the second year in a row, Madeira students, faculty, and staff participated in the STOP Hungers Games. The games are a fundraising battle – a sophisticated version of tag -- between “zombies and humans” to benefit STOP Hunger Now. STOP Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling a commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Proceeds also went to The Family Place, an organization that promotes stability and well-being for low income families in Washington D.C. by offering education, critical resources, and social support.
Last year’s games were such a success that the 2014 games were extended by a week. A $5 donation plus a non-perishable food item, was all students needed to participate. In fees alone, over $1,000 was raised. That translates to over 2,800 meals for those in need. In addition to regular play, mini games were held in which players were given the opportunity to win immunity or revival based on their status. Or you could donate an additional non-perishable for a chance to change your status in the game.
Winners were named at the all school Thanksgiving meal on November 20. Kipi Werschler ’18 was the last “human” standing and Rose McAvoy ’15 was the most successful zombie. Game masters Dara Sumney ’15 and Sukrana Uddin ’15 were pleased with this year’s participation. “Everyone has been so cooperative and has played with good attitudes, and that’s really all that we could ask for. What surprised us the most is definitely how many people were willing to play! We knew that it might be a hassle for some people, but in the end, everyone rallied together to support this great cause,” said Dara.
These events are not the only events that Madeira will take part in this winter. The sophomore community service committee will be writing letters to troops, as well as holding a clothing drive, the annual SHARE toiletry drive is in full swing, and the Madeira day of service is coming up in December.Student Life Leadership