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

The school's National Honor Society supported the food baskets through its annual Food Fund Drive. The baskets were put together by Marge Beaudine, the Elementary Student Council assistant adviser, along with her "helper elves."

“We had an overwhelming response from the secondary students and faculty. It was very heartwarming to see their compassion and fun competitive spirit,” stated NHS adviser Cheryl Hogie in a press release.

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

Putting a little twist on the 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.

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Well over 12 boxes of food and related items were collected by the classes. In addition, over $600 in cash was collected to purchase perishable items that will help fill out the Thanksgiving baskets.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how well the turnout for the food drive went, considering we are in hybrid mode and dealing with COVID,” stated NHS President Jon Stone.