Andover elementary students aid Christmas Committee efforts

Andover Elementary School students could “Slip into Giving” Dec. 7.

Dressed as an elf on the shelf, Andover Elementary School secretary Deb Stanley-Richter and her principal Mark Van Voorhis collect coins and paper money from students arriving at school Dec. 7. Students donating a dollar or more to the school’s food drive project earned the right to wear slippers in school that day. Photo by Sue Austreng

Dressed as an elf on the shelf, Andover Elementary School secretary Deb Stanley-Richter and her principal Mark Van Voorhis collect coins and paper money from students arriving at school Dec. 7. Students donating a dollar or more to the school’s food drive project earned the right to wear slippers in school that day. Photo by Sue Austreng

Just by bringing a dollar or more for the school’s food drive project, students earned the right to wear slippers in school that day.

Slip into Giving was the culminating event for the school’s week-long food drive project, an effort that benefits the Anoka Christmas Committee and ultimately helps make the holidays a little brighter for Anoka County families in need.

All week long, students brought store-bought non-perishable items to school and placed them under a Christmas tree near the school’s main entrance. Each day had its own game plan, with students bringing canned items Dec. 4, boxed items Dec. 5, items packed in sacks, bags or plastic Dec. 6 and then bringing cash Dec. 7.

The cash – a total of $1,133 – will be used to purchase perishable food items, like meat, fruit, fresh vegetables, etc.

Students donated two full pallets of food items during Andover Elementary’s food drive project.

All the cash and all the canned, boxed and otherwise packaged items will be brought to the Anoka Armory building where the Anoka Christmas Committee manages Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions club members as well as senior citizens and other local groups sorting and packaging the items for pickup by local families in need.

Throughout Anoka County there are several collection points set up for receiving donated items for the Christmas Committee.

To find those collection points and to learn more about the Anoka Christmas Committee, call 763-323-4982.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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