Story by Janmarie Foschini
Greenwood Lake Middle School students from the Laker Kids Club hosted a bake sale fundraiser at the G.L. Post Office on Sat., Jun. 1 to raise money for a number of charities. This year, the group decided to make donations toward St. Jude‘s, the Greenwood Lake Food Pantry and the Backpack Snack Attack Program which provides snacks year round to local families and the GL Community Youth Center.
Fifth grade teachers Maureen Joseph and Ellen Collins created the club in 2017. The club members meet with the advisors during lunch and after school where they exchange ideas and brainstorm ways to raise money to help others locally and nationally.
“We couldn’t be more proud of these girls who put the needs of others before their own on a constant basis,” said Joseph and Collins.
Currently the team is working on and looking forward to their final end-of-the-year project at ShopRite. The girls will be shopping for goods to be dropped off and donated to the G.L. Food Pantry.
During the course of the last two years the Laker Kids have held car washes and bake sales to help hurricane victims, participated in a 5K run to raise awareness for children’s mental health and donated to www.myface.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with facial differences.
Joseph and Collins added, “We would first like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the amazing parents of these young girls. We simply could not do what we do without you. Of course, to the most generous and caring community, who continue to support us, we thank you!”
The group is looking ahead with new ideas and planning exciting events for the 2019-2020 school year to continue to help others.