HUNTERSVILLE – Nearly all of Lake Norman Charter School’s students pitched in to help provide food supplies to needy families in Nicaragua during the school’s “Day of Service” program on Friday, Oct. 26.

The event was held as a way to encourage LNC students and parents to give back to others by participating in service projects on campus or by assisting charitable organizations in the community. A cold and steady rain put a damper on most off-campus activities, but more than 2,000 LNC students, including kindergarteners and high schoolers accompanied by parents and faculty members, united to prepare hunger-relief food packages in partnership with the Servants with a Heart organization.

The team effort resulted in the filling of more than 8,600 bags of rice to be delivered to Nicaragua. The packages, shipped in boxes customized with messages and images created by LNC students, will be distributed to impoverished areas of the country and will be enough to provide more than 52,000 meals to those in need.

LNC Community Relations Director Sara Lay said service to others is an emphasized part of LNC’s mission and that led to the implementation of the Day of Service program.

Lay described service as a core value at LNC and said all high school students are required to provide at least 40 hours of service to others prior to graduation. Parents are asked to serve at least 10 hours per year at the school through the school’s Serve10 program.

Lay said in addition to providing food for those who need it, LNC’s Day of Service also provided an opportunity for elementary, middle and high school students and teachers to work side-by-side for one common cause, getting to know one another and build relationships.

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