LIGHTS is an acronym for Loving Individuals Giving Happiness, Help, and Hope Through Serving.
It is a voluntary, fifth grade service club at Mathews Elementary School which currently has thirty-three actively serving members.
This is the first year Mathews has implemented the LIGHTS Club. The club’s main goal is to provide students with opportunities to participate in different service projects throughout the year to learn how to become active volunteers in our community.
Students meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:15-7:40 am. The club’s sponsors are Amy Gillion, Pam Faulkner, and Valencia Tiller.
The LIGHTS Club’s first completed project of this year was hosting a school-wide food drive which centered around the theme of “It’s Spooky to Be Hungry.” This month long project had students advertising the food drive, collecting the non-perishable items, checking the item’s dates for freshness, and sorting the canned goods. Students also collected, checked, and sorted plastic bags, so the Food Bank of Greenwood County will have a means of getting the food to their clients.
During the “It’s Spooky to Be Hungry” Food Drive at Mathews Elementary School, a total of 671 pounds were collected and donated to the Food Bank of Greenwood County.
“We are honored and blessed to be the beneficiaries of LIGHTS inaugural project. What these students accomplished in only one month is truly impressive and inspirational”, stated Wendi Andrews, food bank executive director.
The Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional society of women educators, also heard about this food drive and added their non-perishable donations to the food items collected by Mathews Elementary School.
The next project for the LIGHTS Club is decorating pictures and writing letters of appreciation to honor our local veterans. These will be distributed to veterans at the Mathews’ Veteran’s Day Program on November 9, 2018. Cards will also be distributed to veterans at local nursing homes to thank them for their service too.
LIGHTS will focus on several service projects throughout the school year which will benefit the Food Bank of Greenwood, local veterans, nursing homes, the Salvation Army, the Hospice House, and Mathews Elementary School.