The cafeteria at Lake Stevens High School last week could have competed with the stacked shelves at Costco. The abundance of perishable food items filled every corner and crevice in the large commons due to diligent and hardworking students and staff who have been collecting for the Lake Stevens Food Bank all month.
Each year Mr. Joe Cronin’s Leadership class holds the annual food drive and the students at LSHS never disappoint, this year being no exception.
First period classes and clubs competed to see who could bring in the most food, which helps keep the energy alive during the month.
The student body collected 48,185 food items with Mr. Knutson’s first period class in first place collected 6,426 items. Mr. Flanders’ class came in second place collecting 5,481 items and Mr. Anderson’s class in third with 1,992 items.
In the Club competition DECA/FCCLA took first with 3,398 items. The Math Department alone collected over 15,900 items.
The Lake Stevens community stepped up and donated graciously at local grocery stores and through neighborhood collections.
The staff and students also held their annual basketball game on Friday, Dec. 16. The cost was $2 per ticket. The game raised $1,800 which went to purchase gifts off of the school’s giving tree.
“Most of the gifts were purchased for older kids. Students bought a ton of gifts for the older kids that are tough to donate for. Gifts like video games, IPod stuff, etc.,” Cronin said.
The staff won by five points.
On Saturday, Dec. 17 students helped pass out 300 food baskets to families at the food bank, which is located at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.
“We should have 60 to 100 students helping if all goes well,” Cronin said. “It is lots of fun and a great way to go into break for the students.”
Because of the generosity of Lake Stevens over 25,000 items were given to Li’l Hungry Hearts, a program that helps feed elementary school children in Lake Stevens who may not get enough to eat.
“The Lil’ Hungry Hearts program should now have enough food to last through the school year (hopefully)” Cronin said. “All of the food raised will go to families in Lake Stevens, whether through the food bank or through our schools.”