Laurel Mountain students donate 2,100 toiletries to Round Rock Area Serving Center

“We put flyers on houses asking for hygiene items and our neighbors put donations on their doorstep for us to collect in a wagon,” Granoff said. “Seven boxes of donations fit in the wagon. It felt really cool to donate so much.”

An enrichment group at Laurel Mountain Elementary School banded together in December to donate more than 2,100 personal hygiene items to the Round Rock Area Serving Center.

The enrichment group, The Voracious Volunteers, consists of 15 fourth and fifth grade students who participated in an 8 week course in volunteering and community service.

The Voracious Volunteers hosted Round Rock Area Serving Center Director Lori Scott to learn more about the organization and how students can help within the Round Rock community. The group then organized a hygiene drive for toiletry items as part of a service learning project, including video advertisements on the morning announcements, flyers sent home with all students and eNews to parents.

“The impact that this donation made was huge for our food pantry because food stamps cannot to used to buy hygiene items,” Scott said. “The students are so awesome and we are so blessed to work with Round Rock ISD through lots of service learning projects.”

Students embraced the opportunity to serve their community and actively searched for donations through their neighborhoods and routine visits to the dentist.

“I just want to help people who don’t have enough money to buy things,” Andrei Dierking, Lauren Mountain fifth-grade student, said. “I asked the front desk at my dentist if we could get toothbrushes and toothpaste for our drive and they donated 100 toothbrushes. My dad’s dentist also gave toothbrushes and toothpaste.”

Laurel Mountain fourth-grade student Maya Granoff distributed flyers to neighbors and asked for donations.

“We put flyers on houses asking for hygiene items and our neighbors put donations on their doorstep for us to collect in a wagon,” Granoff said. “Seven boxes of donations fit in the wagon. It felt really cool to donate so much.”