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LHS staffers walk Lights on the Lake to raise money for students in need

Jen Olden and Shannon Lasher, the organizers of Adopt-a-Family at Liverpool High School.

Jen Olden and Shannon Lasher, the organizers of Adopt-a-Family at Liverpool High School. Amy Pento

— During the holidays, Olden and Lasher tally the money in the account and divvy it up among the number of students on their list, then go shopping. They bring all of their purchases back to the main office conference room at the high school, where all staff are invited to help stuff gift bags for students at a given date and time. Purchases are divided into piles — i.e., piles of hats (male/female), piles of toothpaste, piles of deodorant, piles of gift cards, piles of shampoo, piles of mittens (male/female), etc. — and those that have shown up to help form into an assembly line, putting one of everything into each bag. The neediest students receive a bag of food in addition to the gift bag.

So far this year, the account has a total of $2,700, including about $200 from the Lights on the Lake walk.

If you’d like to contribute to Liverpool High School’s Adopt-A-Family, contact the high school at 453-1500.

 “We will never turn down an offer,” Pento said. “Just last night, several board of education members and administrators contributed to the cause after they heard what we were doing.”

The most important thing is making sure students and their families have everything they need.

“The staff here understands the impact of not having one’s basic needs met,” Pento said. “We have students who can’t afford personal care items. We have students who don’t have enough food. We hope this helps them a little bit.”

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