Flower Hill Elementary School opened in September 1954 and ever since then it has been making a difference in the community. Thousands of youngsters have been educated within its classrooms and those students have gone out and into the world and made it a better place.
With Thanksgiving Day approaching, Flower Hill teachers and students and their families decided to mobilize. Knowing that some in the community go hungry each day, they decided to hold a food drive, with the items collected dedicated to helping feed kids and families on Thanksgiving.
With Flower Hill social worker Gisselle Soto playing a leading role, the current school community once again rose to the challenge, just like previous editions have over the past 67 years.
Teachers helped inspire their students, who in turn encouraged their parents to give generously to fuel the food drive. Youngsters on every grade level participated.
Many students penned goodwill notes on paper turkeys and cards that were sent along with food baskets and boxes for distribution throughout the community by the Helping Hand Rescue Mission.
Students studying with teachers Glenn Edwards, Allison Conlon and Veronica Quinlan assisted with the organization of the food items and brought the goods outside when a van arrived to collect the items. The youngsters took delight in presenting the cards and notes they prepared along with their classmates.
“Helping those in need is a Flower Hill tradition,” Principal Lucia Laguarda said.