Community Generosity From Thomas J. Lahey School
Fourth-graders at Thomas J. Lahey in the Harborfields Central School District worked together to sort and box
nonperishable food items in record time on Nov. 15. A schoolwide drive, in partnership with the Harborfields Alliance for Community Outreach (HACO), was held during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving to collect food items for families in need, a generous amount of donations were made.
Fourth-graders Olivia, Kendall, Ethan, and Donovan worked together to pack boxes of food for those in need.
Students broke into groups and packed each box full of the same items, which would enable an assembly-like creation of baskets that had one of each item for each family. Additionally, students taped handwritten holiday messages, such as “Have a great Thanksgiving!” and “Hope you enjoy the food!” to each box. Nearly 30 boxes were packed in under a half hour, and the students were proud of how quickly they worked together.
“Each year, our goal is to bring a basket of food to as many families as possible,” said fourth grade teacher Mrs. Jennifer Obloj. “And each year, the generosity of our community and the willingness of our students to help is truly heartwarming.”