Throughout week of November 13-17, Junior Board did their 12th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Lazarus House, a non-profit organization that supports local families in need.

Representatives from Junior Board visited each classroom during first block to gather donations. A list of suggested goods was sent out to each teacher that included non-perishable food products and basic toiletries. Monetary donations were also accepted through both cash and checks. Boxes were set up in front of the main stairwell in addition to the main office to collect donations.

“What we try to achieve is one dollar and one canned good per student, so that we can donate anywhere from $1000-$1200 to the Lazarus House,” said Mrs. Chachus, one of the advisors of the Junior Board. “Our biggest year we donated over 5000 canned goods.”

Even with the new schedule, the Food Drive still occurred during first block. However, the schedule made it difficult for teachers to create competitions between first block classes with their students, as happened in previous years. The students would be encouraged to bring in items from the given list and compete against other classes. Having first block classes that vary because of the new schedule is a probable cause for less donations being collected this year.

This year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive rounded up roughly 800 canned goods and just under $1000 in donations. Goods were sorted and organized in Chachus’s room at the end of the week. “I think we may have to work around the H-Block schedule and come up with a new strategy,” said Mrs. Hibino, the other advisor of the Junior Board.

Although the number of donations did not meet the goals for this year, the Food Drive still left an impact on students. “It helps people in our own town, which is especially important,” said Anna Zdunczyk, a member of the Board. “[It allows us to] reach out to our community in Lawrence and the Lazarus House … and it’s really important that we help out others who are less fortunate than we are.”

By Cathy Sie