Lake Hiawatha Student-Run Food Drive Stocks Parsippany’s Food Pantry

Students Advocate for Local Families in Need


PARSIPPANY — The Lake Hiawatha School K-Kids, a Kiwanis youth group, and its Student Council, an elected group of students, teamed up to help Parsippany families in need by running a food drive during the month of February.

The “Souper Bowl” Food drive benefitted the Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry, which makes groceries available to residents who need them. The successful project yielded numerous crates of food, which made their way to the Parsippany Community Center, for distribution.

Students enthusiastically advertised the drive by creating colorful posters that were displayed throughout the school. During the collection period, LHS’ lobby served as a hub, as parents and children dropped off ingredients to serve their community.

According to K-Kids President, Mayuri Mahajan, “Even if you give the smallest amount of food, if you give it with love, it can touch someone’s life.”

Teachers leading this effort included: Mrs. Karen Massey (Fourth Grade Teacher) and Mrs. Ashley Radiotis (Third Grade Teacher). Mrs. Radiotis said, “I’m proud of our students. They regularly demonstrate kindness within our school, and I’m pleased that we were able to expand this to benefit our community.”

Mrs. Massey explained, “This really exemplifies how important peer leadership groups are, as our students see first-hand how learning combines with teamwork and organizational skills, which are foundational elements for future success.”

Lake Hiawatha School is a public elementary school for students in PreK through Grade 5. Led by Principal, Angelina Martino Finnegan, the school’s motto is SOS, which stands for “Respect for Self, Others and School.” During the 2016-2017 school year, the school has engaged in community projects, including: fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a cold weather clothing collection for the needy and a toy drive for hospitalized children.