Chandler school lends a hand

4 A Better Chandler, Inc. volunteer Rylen Wary, 4, helps pull a wagon full of food into the Chandler UMC Food Pantry following collection efforts at Chandler Elementary that provided 1,002 canned goods to help the community.

The students at Chandler Elementary School collected 1,002 canned goods for the Chandler United Methodist Church Food Pantry in less than two weeks’ time. Mrs. Slepsky’s and Mrs. Merta’s classes each brought in 110 cans, earning them priority seating at the school’s I-Can Program on Oct. 15.

Student council members went around and gathered up the collected food items and helped load the food on a trailer to be taken to the food pantry. Tamara Fowler, director of the food pantry, was moved to tears by the generosity as the students pushed multiple carts loaded with boxes full of food outside to be loaded. She thanked the students and the school’s Real World Committee, who organized the event.

4 A Better Chandler, Inc. helped coordinate the drive, which coincides with three other drives going on in the community — an ongoing effort at LNB Community Bank for both monetary and food donations, a one-day food drive at 4 A Better Chandler’s Music in the Park event Oct. 18 at Chandler’s Town Park and a month-long effort by Girl Scout Troop 363 at Kemper’s Market in Chandler that continues through Nov. 17.

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