By Nhuhao Nguyen
Jack Emery District Coordinator / MHS ASB President
"In comm-UNITY for Jack Emery" — a rhyme that served as the vision for this year's annual Jack Emery Drive. Taking on the role of Jack Emery district coordinator, I wanted to maintain the immense community focus of the food drive. Hosting the brunch was certainly a stepping stone in bringing together schools in our Milpitas community to kick-off the season; however, as much of an honor as it was to lead it, I believe this year's Jack Emery efforts truly belonged to community contributions.
While some schools are still continuing to input their final numbers, we have already achieved over 100,000 cans, and it would not have been possible without everyone coming together to make a difference. Whether it was a couple coins donated to events for the drive, some cans found in the pantry, or extra cash found in wallets, every contribution—big or small—had its impact in the food drive.
For Milpitas High School especially, the final push to not only reach but go above and beyond our goal was truly reflected with the rapid increase in collections; with roughly 17,000 cans a few days before our final collection, we were able to almost double the count to over 30,000 by our final last day. Needless to say, we had passed our major goal of 25,000, but these same results are also reflective with other schools in the community, where several have also gone beyond their goals for Jack Emery.
With the success of this year's Jack Emery season so far, I only hope for our community's giving spirit to continue to thrive for years to come, and I especially would like to thank my brunch committee, ASB officers, Activities Director Ms. Querubin, and the Milpitas community for an amazing Jack Emery drive season this year.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING:
The governing board of Milpitas Unified School District will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.