Sherri Irish

Position: Seventh Grade Math Teacher

School: Fort Gratiot Middle School

School District: Port Huron Area School District

City, State: Fort Gratiot, Michigan

About the Nominee: Sherri Irish was nominated by her principal, Alycia Shagena. Most of the students at Fort Gratiot Middle School are from middle-class families. As in other areas in Michigan, the student demographic has shifted over the last 5 years. Mrs. Irish recognized that many students were coming from homes without food on the table. She wrote a proposal to begin a food pantry so that the students and families of Fort Gratiot who are in need would have food on the weekends.

Her proposal was approved, and she filled the pantry in a matter of weeks with donations from staff, students and a local church. In the month since the pantry has been open, Fort Gratiot has donated over 100 pounds of food to students in need!

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