(Posted March 9, 2021)
By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer
On March 5, London McDonald’s Team Holowicki presented $1,000 to London City Schools to help fund expansion of The Raider Rack.
Melissa Canney, student support specialist, established The Raider Rack three years ago at London Elementary as a space where students can pick out new clothing, shoes, and coats donated by the community. Students are referred by teachers.
This year, to improve convenience and accessibility, Canney wanted to expand The Raider Rack’s services to locations at the middle school, high school and Fairhaven School. The donation from McDonald’s helped to make that happen.
“So many students live with single parents or grandparents, and their dollars are stretched. Not having to make an extra trip to the store is a help to them,” Canney said.
The eighth-grade female empowerment and service group, ROX (Ruling Our Experiences), sorted and set up new items donated to The Raider Rack’s middle school location.
“It’s about being cognizant of students’ needs beyond academics,” said Michael Belmont, middle school principal. “When they have a need, we can show them we care by giving them the essentials they need to get through every day. Then their academics can improve.”