Mathews LIGHTS Club Completes "It's Spooky to be Hungry" Food Drive
Mathews LIGHTS Club recently completed its first community service project this year during their school-wide food drive which centered around the theme of “It’s Spooky to Be Hungry.” This month-long project had students advertising the food drive, collecting non-perishable items, checking the item’s dates for freshness, and sorting the canned goods. Students also collected, checked, and sorted plastic bags, so the Food Bank of Greenwood County will have a means of getting the food to their clients.
A total of 671 pounds were collected and donated to the Food Bank during this food drive! LIGHTS is an acronym for Loving Individuals Giving Happiness, Help, and Hope Through Serving. It is a voluntary, 5th grade service club at Mathews which currently has 33 actively serving members. This is the first year the school has implemented the club. The club’s main goal is to provide students with opportunities to participate in different service projects throughout the year to learn how to become active volunteers in our community.
“We are honored and blessed to be the beneficiaries of LIGHTS inaugural project,” stated Wendi Andrews, Executive of the Food Bank. “What these students accomplished in only one month is truly impressive and inspirational.”
The Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional society of women educators, also heard about this food drive and added their non-perishable donations to the food items collected by the school. The next project for the LIGHTS Club is decorating pictures and writing letters of appreciation to honor our local veterans. These will be distributed to veterans at the Mathews’ Veterans Day Program on November 9, 2018. Cards will also be distributed to veterans at local nursing homes to thank them for their service.
LIGHTS will focus on several service projects throughout the school year which will benefit the Food Bank of Greenwood, local veterans, nursing homes, the Salvation Army, the Hospice House, and Mathews Elementary School.