Girl Scout Troop 8737 and Hunt Student Council’s First Annual Frisco THON raised $11,887 for Homeless Youth
Girl Scout Troop 8737, which is made up of 8th grade students at Hunt Middle School, worked with their Student Council to plan and execute the first-ever Frisco THON. Frisco THON, a six-hour dance-a-thon, was held on Saturday, March 1 at Hunt Middle School; from 5 – 11 pm. Students danced and raised $11,887 to help City House, which has been sheltering homeless youth in Collin County for over 25 years. The nonprofit is expanding its services into Frisco this year to better serve its residents.
The members of Troop 8737 were looking for a Silver Award project that would help struggling teens in Frisco after they learned about homeless teens living on the streets and in cars. Homeless youth often find themselves searching for shelter in Plano or Dallas, far away from their schools and friends. City House was the perfect beneficiary of the project because they were already serving the homeless in Collin County.
With the support of Hunt Student Council and the blessing of the school faculty, Frisco THON was an evening filled with music and laughter. Student Council Faculty Advisor Jeffrey Walton said, “This is the most fun the students have ever had earning service hours.” The student council members worked to build excitement for the event and get as many of the students and faculty involved as possible. The student-run event offered students a chance to develop and execute a fundraiser from start to finish, while building leadership and character.
“We hope this will be the first Frisco THON and the students at Hunt will continue this for years to come,” explained Girl Scout Samantha Buckalew. “It would be great if all the middle schools in FISD held their own Frisco THON and we had a friendly competition to see who raises the most money.”
The three Girl Scouts each devoted 50 hours to making Frisco THON a reality. The girls picked songs, arranged games and solicited sponsors and donors for the event. “Raising money can fun as well as rewarding, especially when it goes to such a worthy cause.” said Brianna Royer, a resident of Starwood.
Madison Gray produced a video to promote Frisco THON to the other Frisco Middle Schools. “This event can be exclusive to the FISD Middle Schools, like homecoming is in High School,” Madison explained. “Frisco THON has something for everyone. Even if you don’t like to dance, there are games and performances. Anything goes at THON.”
City House was founded 25 years ago by two Plano ISD school teachers, sadly inspired and driven by one teenager sleeping in his pickup truck, another living in a vacant building, and another bringing her clothes to school in a garbage bag. In 1988, City House opened its doors to its first residents. What began as a six-bed shelter has grown into a four home, 36 beds, multi-faceted agency that provides residential and non-residential services to more than 500 children, young adults and their families each year. City House is currently working on expansion into Frisco in 2014. The mission of City House is to provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness. More information at CityHouse.org.