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GCHS Students Collect 40,000 Pounds of Food

"Our students take a tremendous amount of pride in knowing that they are a part of the biggest student-organized food drive in Lake County," said teacher Dustin Chierico.

Grayslake Central students collected 40,000 pounds of food through a recent food drive.
Grayslake Central students collected 40,000 pounds of food through a recent food drive.

Students from Grayslake Central’s Student Council and Public Service Practicum classes have collected over 40,000 pounds (that is the weight of over 20 cars!) of food for their school’s 21st annual food drive.

In addition to providing food to the Avon Township Food Pantry, the food collected will provide holiday meals to over 75 local area families. Meals will include a frozen turkey, potatoes, apples, milk and multiple boxes of non-perishable goods.

This is event is a culmination of many weeks of work by the students and the efforts of numerous community groups. The process began Nov. 16, when students delivered bags to every house in the community. Students then picked up the bags on Nov. 23. In addition, the students have been coordinating an in-school food drive since Nov. 25. The success of this year’s food drive would not be possible without the generosity of the Grayslake Exchange Club and Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church.

Public Service Practicum teacher Dustin Chierico has high praise for the Grayslake students saying, “our students take a tremendous amount of pride in knowing that they are a part of the biggest student-organized food drive in Lake County and that their efforts help so many people in their community."

—Submitted by Grayslake Community High School District 127.

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