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Dec. 22, 2022-- This holiday season ushered in a few unique opportunities for Intermediate South students and staff to make a difference.

Led by the school’s Interact Club, the Great Seminole Food Drive Challenge asked students and their families to donate food to those in need. Stephanie Kenny's sixth-grade homeroom was named winners; her students gathered more than 500 items to donate to the local food bank.

This morning, Interact Club students—joined by Principal Paul Gluck and other helpful staff members (top right)—loaded more than 100 boxes of food donations into a delivery truck. Thanks to the school’s efforts, 18 families in total will receive a full meal for the holidays, as well as food to last throughout the extended winter break.

But it wasn’t just the Interact Club that was making a difference in the community. Cycles 72 and 74 collaborated to create holiday cards for a 3-year-old girl named Bea from Cherry Hill, NJ who was diagnosed with high risk neuroblastoma in February 2022.

After enduring numerous rounds of chemotherapy, two bone marrow transplants, and surgeries, her family had requested holiday cards be sent to cheer her up. Between the two cycles, students made close to 100 cards to send to Bea (bottom right). Through this process, students learned a lot about Bea courtesy of her Caring Bridge Page, and therefore included some of her favorite things on the cards—especially Bluey and various Disney princesses.

“We are hoping this will bring some smiles to such a strong little girl,” said Intermediate South Assistant Principal Casey Daniel.

Way to go, Seminoles! Additional photos below.

Paul and Intermediate South team
Intermediate South students cards for Bea