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Two schools compete for charity

members of the Lake Park-Audubon National Honor Society, pictured, headed up a food drive competition against Hawley High School. LP-A collected 2,951 pounds of food.

When does a contest have no losers?

When schools are competing to see which can gather more food and money for local charities.

Lake Park-Audubon High School and Hawley High School spent one week contending for the title of Food Drive Champs. LPA won the challenge by collecting 2,951 pounds of food or 8.1 pounds per student and claimed the title and trophy this year.

The food and money collected by the high school was combined with food collected by the elementary students at the LPA Elementary. Each elementary classroom had a box for collecting items in their individual classroom. All the food was divided and split up into baskets that were distributed to families within the Lake Park and Audubon communities.

Additional items were purchased and distributed to the families with the funds that were raised. These items included Thanksgiving turkeys, coffee, butter, paper products, laundry soap, dish soap, hand soap and cleaning supplies.

The elementary food drive was spearheaded by the student council and advisors, Mrs. Beaudine and Mrs. Eklund. The high school drive was headed by the National Honor Society.

The REACH center in Hawley was also a winner, receiving approximately 1,700 pounds of food collected by the Hawley students. Both schools are looking forward to next year's competition.