Merit Academy plans Meal for Mtulu event
On March 24 from 5 to 7 p.m., Merit Academy will host a Meal for Mtulu. Mtulu is the name of Merit’s sister school in Kenya, Africa, that it adopted seven years ago. Merit Academy is located at 1440 W. Center, Springville.
In 2011, Merit partnered with Kenya Keys, an organization dedicated to educating students in Africa, and Merit students have raised money every year since to help build a school for their young Kenyan friends. Last year at Merit’s dinner fundraiser, a total of $ 3,018 was raised.
This year’s dinner will include a delicious meal prepared by Chef Sharon Warner and served by Merit’s Interact Club members. The cost is $8 per person. Reservations are not required; tickets will be available at the door. Those attending will also enjoy a showcase of entertainment by Merit students including ballroom dancing, hip hop dancing, theater monologues, band and orchestra performances and art displays.
Students at Mtulu are very grateful for the support from Merit. This past year, when one of the Kenya Keys volunteers traveled to Mtulu, the students gathered around and were eager to thank the Merit students for their recent shipment of books.
Merit Academy Cheerleaders, pictured above, recently competed in their first regional tournament for 1A schools. In the last three years, the cheer team has gone from four girls to an almost 20-member co-ed team. Cheer teams were judged on jumps, cheer, dance and stunting. The Merit team won their division and was scheduled to compete against Tintic High School for the 1A state cheerleading title at the state tournament on Jan. 28. Merit Academy is located in Springville. - By Xanthe Hardy