Difference Maker: 2019-2020 Update

The  MCS Difference Maker Program exists to provide opportunities for students to see the needs in their community and actively meet those needs, impacting the world around them in Jesus’ name. The Difference Maker program has continued to thrive this year, and we are excited to share what God did through our Difference Maker students in the fall semester!

Scrunchies of Joy:

Two of our 8th grade students made and sold scrunchies to raise funds to purchase bus passes for the homeless in our community. They raised over $700 selling scrunchies during our October bake sale and were able to purchase over a hundred bus passes. They are still continuing to make and sell scrunchies to purchase additional bus passes through their Etsy page.


HOPEful Art: In an effort to encourage those who are sick, three 7th graders began a program to collect middle school 

artwork to donate to local hospitals. These students are still collecting artwork and will be sending a package to CHLA at the end of the month. They are also working on creating a coloring book to donate to hospitals and at-risk youth as well. 

Encouraging Veterans, Active Military, and the Homeless: A team of four 6th grade students hosted a table at our annual Veteran’s Pancake Breakfast for MCS families to write encouragement cards foractive military personnel. Our families wrote 170 cards to be sent in care packages to our military through Operation Interdependence.

These students also organized an all-school food drive including essentials for local food banks as well as treats to go inside the Operation Interdependence care packages. Our MCS families donated over 1800 pounds of food which the students delivered to two local food banks before Thanksgiving.

All-School Toy Drive: Both elementary and middle school students participated in this year’s toy drive to support multiple Difference Maker initiatives. Our middle school students donated and wrapped toys for Project

Giving Light, an organization that supports students living in low socioeconomic areas in our community. Our elementary students collected sports equipment to be donated to Olive Crest for at-risk youth, stuffed animals for chaplins working with local first responders, and toys forProject Giving Light.


Stay tuned for more updates regarding our Difference Maker projects for the second half of the school year!


For more information about our Difference Maker program, please contact Katie Niles at kniles@marinerscs.org or Angela Drevlow at adrevlow@marinerscs.org