‘Tis the season of giving. What better kickstart to the season than with Lifestream's Thanksgiving basket and food pantry donations! This annual event provides a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to families in need. This year it was a major success.Emily Manti ‘17, the student representative for Lifestream, proudly announced the club collected a record 31 baskets. Three more families were touched by our generosity. The smiles that displayed on the children’s faces when they came to collect the baskets shows how little acts of kindness make a huge difference.
Lifestream also collected baskets for the food pantry at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. All the food collected was distributed to over 1,300 people on Thanksgiving morning. Girls donated food items such as cereal, canned soup, gravy, and vegetables. Once mass ended, students and teachers went back to their FA, where they enjoyed bagels that were provided by Ms, Anita Dente and Ms. Margaret Doria. Desserts were brought in their to share with FA.
This year, it was mandatory that students remain in their FA. Although many girls expressed concern over what they were going to do for more than two hours, each FA was given activities to complete. In the first activity, the girls sat in a circle and wrote their name on an index card before passing it to the person on their right. Each person wrote at least three positive things that she liked about her FA sister. Everyone had smiles on their faces while reading the nice messages. In the other activity, the girls drew on a blank piece of paper. It was be laminated and given to Meals on Wheels. They used the picture as a placemat for those who go to their food pantry on Thanksgiving morning. This showcased the artistic abilities of each person.After these crafts, the girls played fun games in their FA. Some FAs sang Christmas songs or danced.
It was truly a bonding experience throughout all years. Girls who normally do not talk to one another in FA ended up making each other laugh and smile for the two hours they were together. The family experience that makes Fontbonne different from other high schools was seen on Wednesday. Because students stayed in FA, they were able to make more friends and bond with more people.