Liberty Elementary School, a national School of Character, is committed to service learning, and that mission has not stopped during the school closure.

Liberty’s Student Leadership Team, prior to the closing of schools last month, launched a school initiative to help stock the Cherokee High School “Care Pantry.” This pantry, which complements the MUST Ministries food pantry housed at Cherokee HS, provides students in need and their families with basic household items and toiletries.

When CCSD schools closed on March 13, donations of toilet paper, soap and more were piling up at LES, but had not yet been delivered to CHS. Teachers recently were permitted to enter Liberty, after a temperature check and following social distancing guidelines, and they not only gathered up the student donations, they also collected their classrooms’ leftover cleaning and hand wipes, sanitizer and similar household supplies to add to the donations. The school’s remaining supply of After School Program snacks also was added to the donations.

In total, two truckloads of donated household supplies and snacks were shipped to CHS before spring break, and now will be distributed to students and their families when they come to school to pick up food boxes.

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