Staff, students and families throughout Lake Stevens School District got into the holiday spirit by giving back to others. Numerous food, clothing, gift and coin drives were held that benefitted needy families and local charitable organizations. Here are some highlights:
Lake Stevens High School
LSHS students and staff held a friendly food and gift drive competition that brought in more than 37,000 food items and 400 gifts for the Lake Stevens Food Bank, Holy Cross Catholic Food Bank, Li’l Hungry Hearts, Lake Stevens Family Center and the Boys & Girls Club.
The food and gift drive started in late November with a competition between first period classes. Approximately 30 percent of the items, 11,251, were collected by students in Scott Flanders’ and Andy Knutson’s classes.
Lake Stevens Middle School
Students participated in “Hats for the Holiday.” For a $1 donation, students could wear a hat to school all day. The money raised by the event benefitted Li’l Hungry Hearts.
North Lake Middle School
North Lake partnered with other schools and community organizations to host several holiday giving activities.
A gift drive was hosted in conjunction with the Lake Stevens Family Center and Lake Stevens High School. North Lake had food and gift collection bins at the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club and is collecting jeans for students now through Jan. 18. North Lake also hosted a food drive prior to Thanksgiving.
Glenwood Elementary School
The ASB sponsored a food drive to support Li’l Hungry Hearts. More than 25 boxes of food were collected. A Giving Tree was also set up to support school families. Numerous gifts were donated and were wrapped by employee volunteers.
Hillcrest Elementary School
Hillcrest staff and students donated items to a food and coin drive. Enough food and money was earned to create 25 holiday gift baskets for Hillcrest families.
Highland Elementary School
For the second year in a row, Highland hosted a “Fill the Dump Truck” food drive to benefit the Lake Stevens Food Bank. This year, the event was organized by the school’s ASB. More than 4,000 items were donated by staff, students and their families.
Skyline Elementary School
Skyline’s Student Council held a coin drive that raised $554 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Students are also participating in a Pay it Forward project that encourages acts of kindness and making a difference for others.
Sunnycrest Elementary School
Sunnycrest students, staff and families raised nearly $1,300 for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The Lake Stevens Family Center set up a Giving Tree at HomeLink for students and their families.