Bangs school counselor Jenny Patrick presented Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM) Wednesday with a $600 check, representing the efforts of eight Bangs juniors at an earlier leadership conference.

The money will be applied to GSM’s Food for Thought program, which provides sacks of food to students over weekends and school holidays. Students are enrolled in the program by referral of school faculty or staff.

Patrick explained via email:

Each year the Comanche Electric Cooperative Association (CECA) hosts a leadership conference for smaller schools in the surrounding counties. Students are nominated by the staff as individuals who have shown leadership potential.

The conference was held before Christmas at the 4H Center.

Students spend the day problem solving with peers, working through  challenges, and strategizing with each other to enhance their leadership skills. There is a guest speaker and lunch is served.

GSM always makes an appearance at the leadership conference because CECA donates children's bicycles to GSM.

After lunch all schools break into their own groups and brainstorm a leadership project they can take back to their own school and community. 

This year the Bangs group of eight juniors had the idea to offer Santa pictures on all three Bangs campuses. The students charged $1 for the picture and CECA also made a $250 donation to our project as well.

The students wanted to give back to GSM (which ultimately serves the county and community).

“We were able to give back around $600 to the Food For Thought program through Good Samaritan Ministries that provides food to chronically hungry students over the weekend,” Patrick said via email.