Last Saturday, November 18, 2017 we had quite a blustery morning, but thanks to Junction City Middle School, many of our frost-bitten citizens were able to enjoy a wonderfully warm breakfast at JCMS Pancake Feed and Holiday Market. First of all, the cashier greeted everyone with a sunny smile and the food servers were glowing as they handed out the “all you can eat” pancakes and sausages.
No job is too small for Mary Wright, JCMS Principal, who was busing and cleaning tables when she shared the purpose of this event.
“This event is a fundraiser for our student incentive program. Part of the funds will go to buying things like T-shirts, gifts, Wildcat pride items and field trips. We like to reward our students for their many amazing accomplishments and for their Wildcat pride.”
She said she appreciated everyone’s support and thanked all the volunteers, which also included students and teachers.
In the dining area, hot coffee, orange juice and water were served by the student volunteers. Two of the volunteers were Keegan, 7th grade, and Grace, 7th grade. They were representing the National Junior Honor Society at JCMS by earning service hours for their work. Keegan said she enjoyed “getting to see all the people that come and support us”. Grace agreed and added that it was “fun to volunteer”. Three of the diners, Evelyn, 6th grade, Anthony, 8th grade, and Sofia, 5th grade, all stated that they “loved the breakfast”.
After breakfast, there was an ongoing Holiday Market beautifully decorated. Santa and his Elf photographer were ready to take a picture with the holiday shoppers, just inside the door. There were so many things to buy and sample, the German cookies were especially delicious. The vendors set up their booths with a wide variety of gifts to fit in a Christmas stocking or under the tree. People walked out with bargain priced gifts for everyone.
Thanks to the hard work everyone put in, and to the community for coming out on a cold morning to support the students at JCMS, their goal was reached. Without a doubt the JCMS Pancake Feed and Holiday Market was a huge success! If you missed it, you have a whole year to plan for the next one…put it on your calendar now!
This article was written by L.P. Zamudio, a freelance writer and local community member.