Jacob Johnson is in 7th grade at Nicollet Middle School and has already shown a commitment to volunteering and has already had an impact.
He serves as president of the school’s ME to WE Club, which is now in its second year of planning and coordinating school-wide volunteer activities to serve others in the local community and around the world.
Jacob not only heads up the club's brainstorming for ideas, but he coordinates all of their efforts and puts in extra time and energy as needed.
Club projects included a challenge to reduce plastic bottle purchases by re-using water bottles throughout November. The club raised $1,200 by selling Rafiki bracelets for hurricane relief in Haiti and as payment to the Kenyan artisans who made the bracelets.
Because of Jacob's brainstorming for an activity to involve more of the Nicollet community, the ME to WE Club rounded up more than 50 Nicollet students, parents, and staff members to make 530 sandwiches for homeless people in January 2017.
Since then they’ve made another 2,990 sandwiches, and the group has committed to making 3,000 sandwiches in May -- all inspired and under the direction of Jacob. As the total goal for sandwiches has increased, Jacob has come up with new ways to raise money for the groceries needed to make them.
This past winter, it was Jacob’s idea to have a clothing drive contest between advisory classes. Within three short weeks, Nicollet collected a small truckload of clothing to donate for those in need.
This amazing student demonstrates a concern and caring for others and a commitment to volunteering that is extraordinary for someone of his age.