Los Alamitos Elementary Makes “Soup-er” Donation to Youth Shelter

(l-r): Natalie Chang of Casa Youth Shelter, LAE Principal Gary Willems, and students who helped organize food drive.

By Robert Ostmann

Students at Los Alamitos Elementary collected 1,735 cans of food in a service project to benefit nearby Casa Youth Shelter. Casa provides temporary shelter and support for runaways and youths in crisis with the hope of reuniting them with their families. Looking for a way to give back to their community, the 50 fourth- and fifth-graders in student government at Los Alamitos Elementary came up with the timely idea of the “Soup-er Bowl” food drive — a contest to see which grade level could bring in the most cans. As the drive ended just before Super Bowl weekend, the students had more than doubled their goal of 800 cans. Student Government meets every other week to plan events like Red Ribbon Week, Peace Week, and other school community events. Pictured

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