Cooking for a Cause

Cooking for a Cause made a $525 donation to the Women's Resource Center of Natchitoches. From left are Emma Grace Haecker, WRC Executive Director Jennifer Luna, Mason McCart, Anna Kate Jackson, WRC Volunteer Trish Comstock, Camille Ball and Emma Broadway.

A new club at St. Mary’s Catholic School named Cooking for a Cause was founded by junior, Mason McCart, with the assistance of his high school classmates.

When school resumed in September after COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura shutdowns, McCart wanted to do something to help the community.

“I had a difficult time during the quarantine,” he said. “I wanted to use my privilege to try to help others and my community.  So, I prayed about it and this is where God led me.”

McCart likes to cook, so the idea of selling cookies and baked treats, while donating the profits to a cause, appealed to him. He knew St. Mary’s was a natural avenue to pursue his new passion so he approached Director of Religious Education Tracie Key and former principal Andrea Harrell about his idea. They both approved and Key agreed to sponsor the club. McCart formed a group of peers to start Cooking for a Cause.

Each week during the school year, the group of students received pre-orders from the student body, baked the items to fulfill the orders and delivered baked goods to students at school on Fridays.

McCart credits friends, classmates, students and families for contributing to the club’s success.    He also said his parents are his biggest supporters and have spent several hours helping him bake. Mason deems it a community effort that is inspired by God.

During the school year, Cooking for a Cause raised a total of $3,991 to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness in honor of St. Mary’s teacher, Sharon Leone, Hurricane Laura Relief for the Diocese of Lake Charles, the Women’s Resource Center in Natchitoches, the Natchitoches Humane Society, the James White Memorial Scholarship at NSU and Project Celebration and Hope Center in Shreveport.  An additional $5,000 was given for the James White Memorial Scholarship by an anonymous donor.

McCart said Cooking for a Cause will continue into the following school year. His goal is to raise a total of $10,000 by the time he graduates.