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December 25, 2012 > Leadership class provides community support

Leadership class provides community support

By Angie Wang
Photos By Brian Chen

After meeting with representatives at Abode, the event was publicized through Facebook and flyers and posters around campus. Over the course of three weeks, L2 collected donated food cans from the classrooms, and at the end of November, delivered the cans to Abode. "It ended up being an extremely rewarding experience," said Narayan. "I'm glad that we were able to prove that even high school students can make a difference."

Narayan, Kotta, and their committee planned pizza and donut parties for the class who donated the most cans as well as the two runners up. "We reminded the students that we are all very fortunate to have food every night and that we have to help those who don't," Kotta said. "We stressed that we need to help those at our local homeless shelter and that any donation would go a long way."

The committee also made a deal with Papa John's Pizza, if MSJHS could donate 6,500 cans, Papa John's would give each student in the school a coupon for a free one topping personal pizza. L2 collected 7,891 cans by the end of the Food Drive, almost 1,400 more than their goal and 1,700 more than they collected last year. "After reaching our goal, we were proudly able to hand out the pizza flyers to everybody," Narayan said.

The committee plans to encourage local companies and businesses to donate as well, making this truly a community effort. L2 is currently sponsoring a winter coat drive and, in January, will hold an anti bullying assembly, "Rachel's Challenge," followed by a spring blood drive, annual Charity Fashion Show, and bone marrow drive in March.

Narayan and Kotta want to thank the MSJHS community for its support and generosity. "We came together as a school and truly helped out those in need this holiday season at the local homeless shelter," Kotta said.

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