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Walk-a-Thon raised $12,250

Every other year, the elementary students at SLA participate in a Walk-a-Thon to raise money to improve a specific aspect of their learning experience at school. This year, the students raised $12,250 for a safe ground cover for the playground and new sports equipment.

They got some great exercise while enjoying the fall weather and friendships as they walked numerous laps around the Southern New England Conference campgrounds on Friday, Oct. 12.

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Students help feed 250 families with the Lancaster Holiday Food Drive

South Lancaster Academy students volunteered with the Greater Lancaster Holiday Gift Baskets and Food Drive this month to feed 253 families, encompassing 889 people.

This annual community event brings members of area churches and the school together to provide a week's worth of food for families in need. 

This is a well-coordinated undertaking that requires many steps. SLA students stapled notes on hundreds of grocery bags requesting people to fill the bags with nonperishable food. Then teams of area church members and Pathfinders delivered the bags to homes in Lancaster and Clinton.

The following week, the teams returned to the homes to collect the bags of donated food and brought them to the College Church. There they sorted the food, separating items that were expired and grouping similar food items together.

The next part takes the longest--packing boxes with enough food to feed each family for a week. An individual may get one box, whereas a family of six may get three larger boxes. SLA students helped in this step of packing the boxes and praying for the families receiving the food.

Many students also joined their churches and families in delivering the bags, collecting the food and sorting the donated items.

Each year, volunteers share stories of how the food multiplies and the expressions of gratitude from the recipients.

"When we ran out of an item, we found out that more than what we needed was already on the way to us," said Joyce Malin, one of the volunteer organizers. "Or when beans ran out, I knew more was coming on Sunday."

We're grateful our students have this opportunity to live out Matthew 25:35, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."

Students praying in the Fellowship Hall at the College Church for the families that will receive these boxes of food.

Students praying in the Fellowship Hall at the College Church for the families that will receive these boxes of food.

Four new members to NHS

Congratulations to our newest members of the South Lancaster Academy's chapter of the National Honor Society. They are Emma DeMartino, 2021; Madison Marquez, 2020; Nathan Johnson, 2020; and Christian Williams, 2019.

The National Honor Society (NHS) recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character. NHS offers scholarships and resources to members to assist in college admission.

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