CORTLAND - Students from Howland and Lakeview school districts joined Shortreed and Associates to help others in need as part of the annual National Day of Service.
This year, the students not only helped collect nonperishable food items for local food pantries in Howland and Cortland but also helped at the Second Harvest Food Bank which provides food to local food pantries.
Lindsay Wolf with Shortreed and Associates said Ameriprise Financial designated a National Day of Service on Nov. 15 to promote and encourage service and monetary donations to Feeding America. Locally, the groups have been participating since 2010 helping in the area.
Wolf and Tom Shortreed, also with Shortreed and Associates, partnered with the Howland High School Interact Club led by adviser Andrea Ferenac, choosing to work with Trumbull County charities.
Lakeview Elementary, Middle and High Schools, led by advisers Margie Petrunia, Jamie Brown and Angela Sarko, also became part of the annual effort banding together to work with Second Harvest Food Bank's Mobile Pantry Program of Trumbull County again this year.
Wolf said the project involved a friendly competition between Howland and Lakeview schools to collect non-perishable items to stock the local food pantries in Howland and Cortland.
''The Lakeview Beta Club and Hubbard Interact Club have really helped in their communities,'' she said.
She said monetary donations began with an initial donation of $3,500 from Shortreed and Associates, which encouraged client donations to match this pledge. Howland and Lakeview Schools held fundraising activities to raise funds.
Wolf said the aim of the day is to help share what Second Harvest and local food pantries provide to those in need and inspire the community to get involved.