They formed an assembly line: preparing sandwiches, grabbing drinks and snacks, packing bags.
Fourth-grade students at Anne Hutchinson gathered excitedly in the cafeteria Nov. 20, not to eat their own lunches, but to make certain that everyone has something to eat this Thanksgiving.
"They don't have food. They don't have a family dinner so we are giving them a Thanksgiving dinner," said student Julia Kolndreu.
The students made 150 sandwiches for The Hope Soup Kitchen in New Rochelle to spread the spirit of Thanksgiving to those who need it the most.
Classmate Caitlin Kirkpatrick agreed. "I like the team work and I like giving to people who have no homes and need food."
Anne Hutch collected approximately $370 to purchase the items for the lunches. Extra funds and food will also be donated. Students decorated each brown bag with a Thanksgiving or fall theme.
Teacher Katie Curry and a parent established the program about 20 years ago. "It is important that they do a hand-and-hold project. It makes it come to life and we are bringing them closer to people in our own community," said Curry.
Many fourth-grade parents assisted the children and teachers will deliver the sandwiches to the soup kitchen.