Merit Acad­emy plans Meal for Mtulu event

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Shae­lyn Christensen

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

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