From left: newly elected National Honor Society members Baylie Anastasio, Natalie Kaler, Abby Kopp, and second-year member Abigail St. Cyr with some of the items collected for the Ecumenical Food Pantry in the NHS food drive.

Lincoln Academy’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) hosted a Food Drive during LA’s Winter Carnival this year. Thanks to the efforts of NHS members and friendly competition between classes, students were able to collect approximately 450 items that will be donated to the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle.

The Ecumenical Food Pantry requested that students collect three specific items that are currently in high demand: canned soup, soap, and peanut butter. This specific request, plus the promise of class points for Winter Carnival, added a boost to the can drive and aided in its success, according to LA English teacher and NHS advisor John Cannon. Both the food drive and the overall Winter Carnival competition were won by the senior class.

As part of their commitment to their three principles of scholarship, character, and service, the LA chapter of NHS does volunteer work each year, and this drive was part of that effort. Many of those who helped with the drive were newly accepted members of LA’s NHS chapter who will be formally inducted on Thursday March 2 at a ceremony held in the LA Dining Commons.