25 Years of Giving

For 25 years, Longwood Elementary, in District 204, has taught students the importance of generosity.

Each year, Longwood participates in a week long food drive benefiting Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, as part of a month long school wide program focusing on giving.

“We work a lot on twenty-first century education,” said Principal of Longwood, Laura Devine-Johnston. “Which shows the kids they are part of a global community. This is a nice small way to show them they are a piece of the Longwood community, the Naperville community and then the world.”

Longwood sends home bags with information about what Loaves & Fishes needs and then families fill the bags and return them to school.

This year, students kicked off the week of donating with a school-wide assembly where students learned how to get involved from their peers, as well as praise and thanks from Loaves & Fishes.

“This is a celebration of our silver anniversary of our partnership with Longwood Elementary School,” said Loaves & Fishes Executive Director & CEO, Charles McLimans. “It’s always exhilarating to come here and see the enthusiasm all of these children have, and the goodness each of them have in their hearts.”

Superintendent, Dr. Kathy Birkett and Mayor Pradel were on hand to celebrate with the students.

3,000 donated items in one week is the goal for the Longwood Lions, who were given special bracelets from the pantry to commemorate the anniversary.

If you would like to join the students in giving, visit Loaves-Fishes.org for more information.

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