Honor Society students organize Thanksgiving food drive

The National Junior Honor Society at Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth hosted a fall food drive throughout the month of November. The students collected non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, canned products, broth, stuffing and more. The food the school amassed supported between 70 and 90 families in Lake Worth, Greenacres, Lantana, Palm Springs and other areas in Palm Beach. The non-perishable food items were distributed by the volunteer chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society located in Lake Worth Beach.

Middle school student and National Junior Honor Society member, Teresa Daniel shared, “This food drive made me feel like I could really make a difference. When I found out how much food we actually collected, I felt proud of our school community and myself knowing that during a difficult year, this Thanksgiving we helped so many families.”

The students of the National Junior Honor Society applied three objectives to the organization of the food drive: determining a need, creating a goal and creating a timeline. The timeline included decorating large boxes for each classroom to store and collect their donations and determining dates for the final food pick up by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The National Honor Society members, along with their advisor, visited classrooms to discuss the importance of giving back and helping others. They also cheered on other students in the mornings as they entered the school building with their food items to donate.

Taylor Burton, National Junior Honor Society advisor, said, “Over the week and a half of collecting these food items, students and faculty were able to reflect and be grateful for all that we have. The students worked to reach their goal of filling all ten boxes and feeding as many people as possible. I feel blessed to have observed our school come together to serve our larger local community.”

Due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, some students are currently attending school through at home learning. One at-home learner, Kristina, wanted to help others and participate in the service project activity. Although Kristina is not attending in-person classes, she created two bins for the food drive. She sent the first bin to work with her mother, and the second bin was kept at home for family members to bring and donate items in.

Kristina expressed, “Collecting for other people was fun and made me happy. I know this past Thanksgiving was not the same for some people. I feel lucky that I could help from home. The food drive taught me that no matter how far apart you are, you can still make a difference in someone else’s life.”

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