Editor's Note: The following news brief was contributed by Lawrence Township Public Schools.
This holiday season found students and staff throughout the district reaching out to our community and beyond.
Lawrenceville Elementary School's Thanksgiving Food Drive received donations of turkeys, roasting pans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and vegetables totaling 1,293 pounds, surpassing the weight of a Mako shark.
The LES PTO Sharing and Caring Committee sorted donations into boxes for 20 local families. The committee helped the PreK – Grade 3 students understand the concept of the total mass donated by having third grade mathematicians act out a skit about the "Sea of Generosity."
Each fish was built to represent the weight of each digit in the numeral 1,293. By the time the children got to the thousands digit, the fishing poles were weighted down as they reeled in a huge paper shark much to the amazement of the children and teachers present at LES’s monthly AWESOME Assembly.
"Three Buck Thursdays" raised $365 for a colleague whose daughter has been in and out of the hospital during recent weeks. During the four Thursdays in December, staff members were permitted to wear jeans to thank them for contributing to the fund.
First-grader Eliza Meth organized a new and gently-used toy drive for PEI Kids. Eight HUGE boxes of stuffed animals, board games, dolls, and books were delivered to the agency to be used to comfort children working with counselors at PEI Kids.
Phyllis Macpherson coordinated a staff hygiene kit drive for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Approximately 50 hygiene kits containing soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream and razors in zip lock bags were donated by LES staff. Donations of hats, gloves, and scarves were also delivered to TASK.