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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002

Two organizations changing lives of Sterling students, their families

I would like to recognize two organizations for their contributions to the children and families of Sterling Elementary School.

I would like to thank Love INC and all of its volunteers for bringing a free breakfast program to our school this year. Two weeks ago they brought the free breakfast program to our school and already the efforts have provided more than 200 free breakfasts of cereal and fruit to children in the morning, helping them start their days energized and ready to learn. The breakfast is free to any student arriving early enough to take advantage of this wonderful and generous opportunity. This organization embodies the true meaning of giving in this the season of good will toward men.

Secondly, I would like to thank the Sterling Elementary Student Council for its efforts to organize a Canned Food Tower Building Contest as a way to bring in food items for Share in the Giving, a Sterling community Christmas outreach program. Each year food, toys and money are collected at the school and distributed throughout the Sterling community to friends and neighbors who may be experiencing a particularly hard winter. It's a wonderful Sterling tradition, and the distribution couldn't be done without the logistical coordination and volunteer support of our local Sterling church groups.

The Sterling Elementary Student Council, through its group effort has raised more canned foods than any year previously to date. We are told that families this year will be provided with food baskets containing enough food for an entire week rather than just enough for a Christmas dinner! The Sterling Elementary Student Council is a wonderful and generous group of youngsters, and its efforts should be recognized.

Paul C. Kubena, principal, Sterling Elementary School



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