Lake Marion Elementary students are helping out other children in the community through a student-driven service project. On Tuesday, December 17, the elementary students packed bags with snacks, toothbrushes and more. All of them will be sent to local food shelves.
The students have been learning about how children from all around the world have helped other children. During reading and discussions, the students asked if there was something they could do to help other children.
What they came up with were three kinds of bags that could be filled with donated goods that could be given to local food shelves run by 360 Communities. The types of bags they created were healthy snack bags, birthday bags for kids who have a birthday in the month they visit the food shelf, and toiletry bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste and more.
The students brought in donated items and collected cash donations to purchase some of the items for the bags. The students also collected donations from their families, friends and Lake Marion staff. Two local dentist offices donated supplies for toiletry bags. The students also collected small blankets to donate.
Working together, the students created an assembly line for each type of bag to fill them with the donated goods. At the end of the day Tuesday, the students had put together around 100 snack bags, around 30 birthday bags and around 100 toiletry bags for local food shelves. The bags will go to Messiah Community Food Shelf in Lakeville and the blankets will go to the Burnsville Family Resource Center.
The students who put this service project together said it felt great to know they were helping other kids.