The last day of classes at Power Middle School in Farmington Hills meant one last push to raise money that will help kids over the summer months.
Student-led nonprofit Operation Common Good hosted a dodgeball tournament Friday to cap off their end-of-the-year fundraisers. The money will help kids who will lose the support of free and reduced price lunches during the school year.
“It’s harder for them to get food over the summer,” said 8th grader Jada Ajagbe, who volunteers for OCG along with her triplet sisters Jordan and Jasmine.
The funds will also provide help through the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year as the group ramps up again.
Seventh grader Leah Workman said she feels a real connection to OCG, because she’s helping other kids. Her classmate Mya McEvilly agreed that “knowing it really impacts kids who are not as fortunate” has kept her involved with the group for the past two years.
OCG volunteers also organize activities like the dodgeball event that make it easy for their peers to get involved.
“It’s a fun way to give back,” said Jasmine Ajagbe.
“We’re all doing something good, all together,” Jordan Ajagbe added.
The girls also like that students take the lead with OCG, and they credit staff leader Dr. Tera Shamey, who founded the organization, with creating a real connection among the group members.
“Dr. Shamey listens to students’ voices,” Workman said. “She knows that’s what counts.”
If you’d like to support or learn more about Operation Common Good, visit operationcommongood.org