Musketeer Market had successful first year helping local students

HELPING STUDENTS–The Musketeer Market at Red Bud High School has grown a lot and had a very successful first year. Pictured recently at the market are teachers Erin Legendre and Katelin Uffelmann with some of Uffelmann’s students: Jacob Turley, Zachary Koch and Michael Clark. These students help stock the market, meal plan and pack bags for other students.

Now going into its second year, the Musketeer Market at Red Bud High School has experienced a lot of growth and received an amazing amount of community support.

High School Media Supervisor/Instructional Technology teacher and one of the market organizers Erin Legendre recently met with the North County Newsto reflect on the market’s first year.

Around Christmas time in 2018, Legendre and some of the other teachers at the high school noticed there was a need to help students. For some students, their lunch at school was their only meal for the day and they often went hungry over the weekend.

While there are food pantries in the area that would gladly help these students out, many don’t carry many name brand products or items that teenagers really want. And students could go to the office to seek assistance, but that wasn’t always discrete.

The teachers brought in some items and set up in a storage room in the school’s library. There, students could stop in and discretely “shop” in privacy for shelf stable/canned food and some personal care items. The initial selection was small, but it quickly grew as word got out about the program and donations of both food and money started coming in.

For more on the Musketeer Market, please see this week’s print edition.