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December 13, 2012

MWJH students take initiative through clubs

Whether beautifying the Baker, greening up the school, or becoming a buddy, kids at MWJH seem to be making a difference.


Nine Mineral Wells Junior High students shared with Mineral Wells ISD trustees Tuesday how some students can make a difference when they come together with a purpose.

At each monthly board meeting a school is spotlighted. For her school's presentation this month, MWJH Principal Kelly Wilkerson invited student representatives from some of the school's clubs and organizations to present to trustees.

“Hopefully we brought a variety of what what's going on,” Wilkerson told trustees.

Before students spoke, Wilkerson quoted Margaret Meade, saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

She said this is not only one of her favorite quotations, but it sums up what board members would hear from the students in front of them. The children introduced themselves and explained what their club had to offer students in various ways and why they chose to be a part of the group.

One of the more community-oriented clubs is perhaps the MWJH group calling their organization “Save the Baker.”

Seventh-graders Britney Barbee, Keirra Pruitt and Shelby Shipp explained their organization's purpose.

“We are raising money to clean up the Baker and help the Southlake development group [Southlake-based Hunter Chase Private Equity] clean up the Baker,” said Shipp. “We would all like to see the Baker Hotel like it was in the 1970s and earlier. And I, personally, would love to hear all of the old stories that the people have had. And I'm sure there are great memories.”

“I think the Baker shouldn't just sit there and rot,” Pruitt added. “Think about all those people who had great memories in it.”

The group leaders said they would be developing a fundraiser, selling “various items at low prices” for “last-minute shoppers.”

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