Students at Lakemont Elementary School once again will be generously sharing their sugar-charged haul from Halloween with U.S. soldiers located far from home.
Jon Siegel, Lakemont’s Healthy School Team Leader, says each student is being asked to turn in 100 pieces of candy for the troops beginning Friday, November 1—the day after Halloween. The collection will continue for a week.
It is good for the health of the children who might otherwise be consuming the extra candy and it gives them a chance to do something kind for other people. In addition, participating students get a homework pass, according to Mr. Siegel.
Lakemont’s goal is to collect 400 pounds of candy. Once collected, the candy will be given to Andrew Weinstock, a high school senior at Trinity Prep who oversees Operation Gratitude Orlando. He gathers candy donations from throughout the community and ships it to American service men and women. Last year, he collected 10,460 pounds of candy, and he hopes to collect 12,000 pounds this year with the help of the local community.
Local residents interested in donating candy and/or letters of support can drop them off between now and November 18 at these Winter Park locations:
- Station 61 at 343 W. Canton Ave.
- Station 62 at 300 S. Lakemont Ave.
- Station 64 at 1439 Howell Branch Road
- City Hall at 401 S. Park Ave., and
- Winter Park Public Library at 460 E. New England Ave.