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Students on a mission

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By Maria Jaleh McTeigue

Just about everyone at Los Alamos Middle School is lending the community a helping hand.
Each of the LAMS “Hawk” groups has the responsibility of raising money for the community by way of a food drive. Each group is supposed to bring in cans of food that will be distributed to needy Los Alamos families this holiday season.
Heading up this project is Tina Derr, leader of E2, or Eternal Encouragement, a  Christian club open for middle school students during their lunch break, that allows them to hear some Christian encouragement from local youth leaders and pastors. In addition, the group offers games, fellowship and preparation for service projects.
E2 meets at lunch every Thursday at their respective grade’s meeting place. This means that seventh graders meet in Mrs. Fogle’s room (508), while eighth graders meet in Mr. Brousseau’s room (504). E2, a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship has an average of  25 LAMS teens actively involved every week. Anyone is welcome to join.
But it’s not just numbers that matter. The teens are making a difference.
Recently, seven teens along with adult helpers, went to LA Cares’ food distribution monthly packing project to help prepare boxes for people in need.
After that community service project, the teens were ready to dive in and help out again, especially with Christmas right around the corner.
E2 members have started preparing a food drive, in conjunction with Los Alamos Middle School Students.
The teens started out by making posters to go up around the school telling students and staff alike about the project. E2 members will accept non-perishable foods, personal items and even dog/cat food. The items will then be taken to LA Cares, a local food depot that will distribute them to needy families in Los Alamos.
Members began collecting food on Nov.  28 and will continue through Dec. 7.
The Hawk team with the highest weight of canned food items will receive a special prize in the form of an ice cream party.
“The items collected will then be taken by truck to the LA Cares warehouse where it will be distributed on the second Friday of each month,” Durr said.
“The Thursday before however, volunteers meet at the Evangelical Lutheran Church to prepare the items.”
Those interested in helping can give a few cans of food to a middle school student, or take them directly to the school.
Together, everyone can give a helping hand to those who need it most this holiday season.