UPDATE: Event for Children Held in December was a Great Success (With Pictures)

Pictures from MTSU's Raiders for Young Children

We have an update on an event that took place back in December. The first annual Jingle Jam held on December 21st, was a bona-fide success. The MTSU Raiders for Young Children student organization in conjunction with Read to Succeed and Murfreesboro City Schools was able to collect over 300 books with about 125 people in attendance for the actual event.

With Lisa Mitchell, executive director of Read to Succeed, and recent MTSU graduate and Raiders for Young Children president, Kayla Mullen, acting as co-emcee’s, highlights of the night included Band of Love’s soulful renditions of Christmas classics, Santa’s reading of The Polar Express, and arts and crafts donated by Lowe’s.

This event could not have happened without the generosity of our sponsors: Walmart, Sonic, Lowe’s, and Kroger. This event would not have even been possible without the time and enormous effort put forth by Lisa Mitchell, Murfreesboro City Schools community outreach coordinator Candy Clifford, and members of Raiders for Young Children. Says co-chair Paula Tran, “This event was born out of our desire to reach Murfreesboro families in a way that represents our mission as an organization to provide outreach to young children through service projects. In reality, this event went above and beyond our hopes and expectations. We collected books, and everyone had fun. My co-chair, Shiloh Siegel and I are excited at the prospect that this event might be part of new family traditions.”

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