As Homecoming approached this year, the Mariemont High School student body decided to emphasis “home” in a different way, creating a fundraiser called “Home for Homecoming” to donate to the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition in honor of a woman who visited the school earlier in the school year to share her story.
Organized through a partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, Melissa spoke to the entire Mariemont High School student body about her experiences with homelessness.
“We were all so incredibly moved by Melissa’s story that we wanted to do something to get involved and help Melissa in some way,” said Ellie Kapcar, Mariemont High School senior and Leadership Council president. “Everyone seemed to be asking what they could do to make an impact, so we brainstormed and came up with the idea for the fundraiser.”
The fundraiser was sponsored by the high school’s Leadership Council and Student Council, with the theme of helping “us wish Melissa the happiest birthday she’s ever had!” Melissa’s 50th birthday was the week before she spoke to the Mariemont High School student body, so the fundraiser was also aimed at wishing her a belated happy birthday.
Money was raised through Homecoming ticket sales as well as individual donations from the students and staff. Students then signed a poster birthday card for Melissa at the Homecoming dance. Overall, the fundraiser collected over $1,000 in donations.
“We are so fortunate to be students at Mariemont High School and have the support we do, and we wanted to make a difference in the lives of those who are experiencing homelessness,” said Ellie. “I feel so blessed that the fundraiser was a success and that we had great support from the student body. We are excited to be able to help Melissa and others experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati.”