Students from the Lake Park-Audubon High School dug deep into their kitchen pantries and their savings this past week to help families in the school district receive food baskets for the Thanksgiving holiday break.

The National Honor Society sponsored their annual Food Fund Drive that helps to support the food baskets put together by Marge Beaudine, the Elementary Student Council assistant advisor, and her helper elves.

“We had an overwhelming response from the secondary students and faculty,” said NHS advisor Cheryl Hogie. "It was very heartwarming to see their compassion and fun competitive spirit."

The class that had the highest positive point amount at the conclusion of the event won a free holiday movie and snacks in the high school theater.

Putting a little different twist on a traditional food drive, the NHS students had a different theme for each day of the week: Monday Munchies, Tuesday Toiletries, Wake Up to Wednesday, Thanksgiving Thursday and Finance the Turkey Friday. Well over 30 boxes of food and non-food related items were collected by the classes. In addition, over $600 in cash and change was collected to help purchase perishable items that will help fill out the Thanksgiving Gift baskets for families in the LP-A school district.

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As the final step, NHS students helped Mrs. Beaudine and Mrs. Hogie shop for the rest of the “trimmings” to fill out a full holiday food basket.

“I am very proud of how giving the LP-A school community is in helping to fill the call for needed items," said Beaudine, a retired teacher and current member of the LP-A School Board. "The students continue to amaze me each year with their willingness serve their community."