Ox Ridge, Tokeneke Students Lend a Hand to Those in Need

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Backpacks and food were among the items collected recently to support local communities and organizations.

At Ox Ridge Elementary School, the Kids Care Club collected enough supplies to provide well over the “50 backpack” goal that was set. The Ox Ridge Kids Care Club is an organization of students and parents who are dedicated to living the school code by engaging in community service projects.

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— This article is from the Darien Public Schools “News of the Week” newsletter.

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As part of the year-long celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, the Kids Care Club held a “backpack” drive to collect, package, and distribute school supplies to families in need in neighboring communities.

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Pictured above are Ox Ridge students in the school’s common room as they finished the service project.

“Our Kids Care Club is a consistently positive force that brings students together to think broadly about their community and imagine how to lend a hand,” said Ox Ridge Principal Luke Forshaw. “This recent drive is a perfect example of what we can do together in service of others.”

At Tokeneke Elementary School, Daisy Troop 50210 held a “Breakfast of Champions” Food Drive. The first grade Daisies worked to “make the world a better place” by holding a breakfast food drive to support Person-to-Person.

Person-to-Person is a community-supported agency that provides emergency assistance for basic needs, and support for individuals and families as they move towards stability, according to the organization’s website.

The Daisies made signs and posters, collected breakfast food items, decorated hot pads and cereal bowls, and delivered everything to Person-to-Person. The students also toured the food pantry and learned how their hard work will help those in need, especially during the holiday season.