National Honor Society 'elves' deliver holiday cheer to Lake Park-Audubon faculty and staff

With a thankful heart and a giving spirit, Lake Park-Audubon National Honor Society students filled and distributed 50 bags full of healthy treats and snacks for the high school faculty and staff late last month.

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Santa Bags Assembly Crew (from left) Katie Pickett, Lillie Clapsaddle, Camryn Anderson, Raini Evans, Izzy Olson and Trent Bjerke prepared 50 bags of Christmas goodies for LP-A faculty and staff as part of a National Honor Society service project. (Submitted photo)

Thanks to a generous donation from Thrivent Financial, and Lake Park-Audubon parent Sarah How, who filled out the application, National Honor Society students at LP-A were able to complete a service project that resulted in 50 "Santa bags" of healthy treats and snacks being delived to LP-A faculty and staff late last month.

“With the COVID (coronavirus) restrictions, students have not been able to generate funds for some of their traditional service projects, such as the Alumni Game, which helps to fund projects such as the Giving Tree and the Spring Food Drive," said NHS advisor Cheryl Hogie. "We are so grateful to Sarah for giving the students an opportunity to complete a very heart-filled service project to show their appreciation to the faculty and staff here at the high school for their time and energy during this less-than typical school year."

NHS students worked in two separate shifts, with one team filling the bags and a separate distribution team handing out the bags the following morning. Each bag was tagged with a message that said: “For all you give, for all you do, this holiday treat is just for you!”

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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