Morton junior high students give back to community, grow as individuals


MORTON, Ill.– Junior high students in Morton spent hours Wednesday giving back to their entire community today for the annual Help-a-Thon.

Students were scattered all over town completing community service project at 20 different places.

  • Midwest Food Bank
  • Morton Library
  • Downtown Morton
  • Morton Police Department
  • Morton Fire Department
  • Community Harvest Food Bank
  • Park District
  • Morton Elementary Schools
  • Goodwill
  • Mission Mart
  • Aperion Care Morton Villa
  • TCRC
  • Heart of Morton
  • Central Illinois Riding Therapy
  • Westwood Park
  • Restmor Nursing Home
  • Timber Ridge Assisted Living Facility
  • Morton Chamber of Commerce
  • Villas of Holly Brook
  • Optimist Club

Junior high students at the Morton Fire Station helped clean trucks and rescue vehicles.

“I like it because it’s like, we’re representing Morton,” said 8th grader Kamden Aberle. “We need to be prideful of what we do so I think we took pride in washing these trucks today.”

“I think it’s really cool just how we get to effect people in all different ways in Morton,” said 8th grader Arlie Akers. “Then there’s even some things that are out of Morton, too. I’m kind of hoping that we’ll kind of encourage other people to do the same thing when they see us doing it.”

The Help-a-Thon not only raises funds for the junior high school, but more importantly give students an opportunity to serve in the community and grow as individuals.

“Our community has done a lot for us,” said Aberle. “They’ve taken care of us. This is where we go to school. It’s our life and I think it’s always nice to give back.”

Each student collected pledges to sponsor their service at a local not-for-profit entity. In addition to the service projects on October 2, students who collected at least $200 in pledges will participate in a field trip on October 22, which will include an additional service opportunity in the Peoria area at several locations, including: Children’s Hospital, Salvation Army, Peoria Rescue Mission, EPIC, Crittenton Center, TAPS, and Camp Tapawingo.

“We are excited for another Help-a-thon fundraiser at Morton Junior High School. During our Help-a-thon Community Day on October 2, nearly 600 junior high students and staff members will participate in a service project throughout the Morton area. The Help-a-thon provides a great opportunity for students to learn the value of volunteerism and how it can make a positive influence in our community. It is our hope that the Help-a-thon will not just raise funds for MJHS but more importantly give students the opportunity to serve and grow as individuals,” said Lee Hoffman, MJHS principal.

The MJHS Help-a-thon raised a total of $ 41,814.90. The money came from T-shirt sponsors and the support of the Morton community. 

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