Students at Sanborn School turned their 100th day of class this year into a civics lesson to help those in need.
School Council members issued a challenge to their classmates, encouraging each grade level at Sanborn to collect at least 100 food items by the 100th day of school on Feb. 11. The donations would then go to support the Lazarus House Food Pantry in Lawrence.
Students and their families responded in a big way. Not only did each grade level achieve its goal, but the school as a community collected 979 items in total over the course of the three-week challenge.
The Student Council members who spearheaded the drive were Rachel Johnson, Brooke Rose, Liam Cummings, Michael Sheehan, Simran Bajaj, Gabriela Roldan, Gianna Correia, Caroline Rothmann and Ariel Kim.
In addition to motivating the student body to participate, the Student Council members also helped to load the Lazarus House truck with all of the donations.
Through the donation drive, Sanborn students learned that more and more people, often due to unemployment and driven by hunger, are turning to food pantries for assistance in feeding their families.
According to Lazarus House, among the hardest hit in this area are single mothers with young children and the elderly living on fixed incomes. The Lazarus House Food Pantry provides emergency food supplies to as many as 763 families each week.