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(L to R) Freshman class advisor and French teacher Alison Welch, Avery Lowe (9th Grade Secretary), Kendra Bellefleur (9th grade Vice President), Oakley Oliver (9th Grade Treasurer) and David Barnum (9th grade President) with the coats and cards they will deliver to the community this week.

Lincoln Academy freshman class officers and faculty advisors led an effort to help the community this winter, collecting coats, gloves, hats, and other warm clothing to donate to families in need. Their coat drive started before Thanksgiving and resulted in a total of about 50 items of winter clothing, mostly coats, which will be donated to People to People and available for local families. While the freshman class organized the collection, clothing donations came from all classes of students as well as LA staff.

Teacher Alison Welch and Ninth Grade Class Officers present a check to --- of the Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Teacher Alison Welch (L) and Ninth Grade Class Officers present a check to Linda Blomquist (R) of the Ecumenical Food Pantry at the LA Community Meeting on Friday, December 19.

The Class of 2018 has also donated $200 of funds raised by their class’s magazine drive to the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Class officers presented the check at Community Meeting on Friday December 19.

As their final gift this season, ninth grade students at LA also wrote about 150 holiday cards to local elderly residents, which students will deliver to several assisted living facilities in town this week. The students wrote the cards over several weeks during their advisory period, which meets every day after lunch.

“Every year the freshman class comes together to organize a way give back,” said freshman advisor and LA French teacher Alison Welch. “The upper class officers are busy working on school events, like prom and graduation. The freshmen like to do something for the wider community outside LA. This year the students particularly wanted to keep their donations local, which is why we picked People to People and the Ecumenical Food Pantry.”

The freshman class will probably do another community service project this spring.