I came back to work on Thursday, October 24, after lunch in a foul mood for no particular reason at all. I just thought if something good would happen I would be happy. Little to my knowledge something great was already happening and had been happening all day thanks to students in Ms. Megan Miller’s College Business Tech Class.
Students in Ms. Miller’s class and throughout Troy Buchanan High School took to the social media site Twitter using #TheMixMovement as a way to show support for their former teacher and my dad, Mr. Mix, as he battles pancreatic cancer. My dad, has been a teacher at Troy Buchanan High School for much of the last 24 years only taking a few years off from teaching to work with his other great passion in life, old cars.
Thursday afternoon I finally got the chance to see what all the commotion was about as I looked at all the tweets on #TheMixMovement. I am not sure if Ms. Miller’s class understood what they were starting when they decided to begin their project, but it has been truly amazing. As current and former students at TBHS, family, members of the community, local media and even a few athletes including Jason Motte of the Cardinals have taken to Twitter to show their support.
Now the Mix Movement has had over 40,000 tweets, was the number one trending topic in St. Louis during a World Series game and has support from several different schools including Winfield, Wentzville Timberland, Francis Howell Central and a number of colleges where Troy alumni attend. Local businesses have also gotten involved writing #The Mix Movement on signs in front of their stores and holding fundraisers to help my parents through this difficult time.
Ms. Miller’s class may have not have been trying to bring our community together, but it appears that is just what they have done. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful our community truly is. Often we focus and even become obsessed with the bad we all hear and read about that is associated with our community. The important thing to remember is that bad things happen everywhere not just in Lincoln County, but there are not too many places in the world you can go that will stand so strongly behind a member of their community. I want to thank all of those who have shown their support and continue showing their support, it is truly wonderful to hear how much my dad has meant to his students.
By Clint Mix