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June 26, 2020


MRHE Students Demonstrate What Empathy is All About

MRHE students sell yard signs to raise money for community food pantry.At Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary School, they have a saying: "The MRHE Way, it's who we are and what we do." No one understands that philosophy better than Johanna Dick and Owen Dittrich.

Johanna and Owen, both entering 5th grade in August, developed an idea following recent traumatic events around the nation. They would team up to sell yard signs with inspirational human rights messages, then use the profits to help stock the various community pantries set up by the citizen group MapleGOOD. At first, they ordered just 25 MRHE students sell yard signs to raise money for community food pantry.signs and got busy planting them in yards. But it soon became clear that demand was through the roof. In the end, the two students sold enough signs to raise just more than $900! (The signs are sold out.)

With the help of their parents, they arranged to be the first ones in the door at the Maplewood Aldi food market on the morning of June 26. When the shopping spree was over, they had managed to fill three large carts. Afterward, they fanned out to distribute the non-perishable products in the various neighborhood pantry drops.

Way to go, Owen and Johanna!

For MANY more photos about this story, check out the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Facebook page. 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.