When the Lodge started this project four years ago, the goal was to make it self sustaining. Thanks to several community organizations (United Food Bank, Salvation Army, and Desert Industries) along with the staff at Millcreek our goal has been met.
The project continues to provide a nursery and pantry as well as vouchers for clothing and food for students at Millcreek.
The provisions the project provides has enabled many students to improve their learning and stay in school. Therefore, the graduation rate has gone up.
ENF GRANT MILLCREEK STATEMENT
The St. George Dixie Elks Lodge #1743 in Partnership with Millcreek High School will increase the graduation rate of students attending Millcreek High School and students in the community attending Millcreek Night School and Summer School. Food, warm clothing, child rearing essentials, hygiene items, and supplies to establish a home will be provided to students as needed throughout the year.
A Pantry will be established and maintained on campus by the Elks and the staff of Millcreek High School. It is our belief that the at-risk students attending Millcreek who are provided nutritious food and living essentials are more likely to attend school and work towards graduation.
Further, students who are living independently due to homeless conditions, aging out of foster care, or other reasons will attend school if items for establishing a home are provided to the students. Students who have children are more likely to attend school if the basic needs of their children and themselves are provided.
For students with no transportation to and from school bus passes will be provided by the Grant Program. The St. George Dixie Elks Lodge #1743 is dedicated to this project and the students of Millcreek High School and believes an educated society is a productive society and a benefit to the community.