Mission Possible holds cereal drive

Club collects items for donation to a local food bank


A Mission Possible member participates in the meal packaging event hosted by Rise Against Hunger on Nov. 3.

Jude Nanaw, Co-Editor in Chief

Mission Possible, a club in its second year at AHS has organized and participated in multiple community service activities throughout the school year. Mission Possible activities and events are focused on giving back to underprivileged communities.

Each month, the club sets a new focal point that activities are centered around. In the month of November, the main focus for Mission Possible is hunger within the community.

On Nov. 3, club members participated in a meal packaging event hosted by the non-profit organization Rise Against Hunger. The organization coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other aid to people in developing nations.

In accordance with their focus for the month, Mission Possible will be hosting a cereal drive in which items will be donated to a local food bank, the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFSA).

The club began collecting cereal boxes on Nov. 19 and will continue collecting them through Nov. 30.

“Although we live in a relatively affluent country, there are still families struggling to make ends meet due to high living costs,” Mission Possible president Maisha Maliha said. “Kids and families need a balanced breakfast to help them remain focused and satisfied throughout the day.”

Mission Possible asks that cereal boxes donated are low-sugar such as Cheerios or Rice Krispies. Boxes for donations are being collected in English teacher Sean Hardy’s room (270).

Last month, Mission Possible focused on giving back to children in local hospitals and community centers.

The activities that this entailed were collecting and donating children’s books as well as making crayons that were donated to patients at INOVA Children’s Hospital.

“My favorite part about making crayons was the process of breaking them down and molding them as well as donating them to the patients of a local hospital,” senior Ruth Seyoum said.

With a new goal each month, Mission Possible aims to aid various segments of the local community through their activities.

“Through Mission Possible activities and events, we are able to come together as a community and help those who are less fortunate than us,” Maliha said.