Park Terrace students help SLP Lions create toiletry bags

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.
Second-grader Donna Rehder asks Gus Ericson what shaving cream is. Donna and Gus are members of the Park Terrace Elementary School Student Council, which helped the Spring Lake Park Lions pack personal hygiene products for those in need March 7. Photos by Olivia Alveshere
Second-grader Donna Rehder asks Gus Ericson what shaving cream is. Donna and Gus are members of the Park Terrace Elementary School Student Council, which helped the Spring Lake Park Lions pack personal hygiene products for those in need March 7. Photos by Olivia Alveshere

The Park Terrace Elementary School Student Council assisted the Spring Lake Park Lions in creating toiletry bags to donate to the Lee Carlson Center’s Bridgeview Community Support Program drop-in center for adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses.

Second- and third-grade students packed 200 bags with more than 14 personal hygiene products – everything from deodorant to shaving cream, the function of which had many kids puzzled.

Donating more than 350 sets of hygiene products to Bridgeview, Hope 4 Youth’s Hope Place and Spring Lake Park High School’s Panther Pantry is a new project for the Lions this year.

They asked students to help them out because it’s “a nice way to get little kids involved in volunteering,” said Lion Jeanne Streeter.

The Park Terrace Student Council took up the call to serve.

“We like to reach out to our community and help in any way we can,” said Kacie Schugel, co-adviser of the council, made up of 17 second- and third-grade students.

The Park Terrace Student Council meets once each month after school.

Second-grader Donna Rehder joined because “I thought that it would be a good opportunity,” she said. “I thought that I could learn more. I could be helpful to other people.”

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Members of the Park Terrace Elementary School Student Council help the Spring Lake Park Lions pack hygiene products. Second-grader Leighton Selby grabs a toothbrush to pack for those in need. From left to right, third-graders Aliyah Silavong, Ayla Specht and Miriam Faruque show off hygiene bags they packed March 7. The Park Terrace Elementary School Student Council helped the Spring Lake Park Lions Club pack hygiene bags after school March 7.
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The Park Terrace Elementary School Student Council helped the Spring Lake Park Lions Club pack hygiene bags after school March 7.