Students at Pleasant Lea Elementary recently collected candy as part of a “Sweets for Soldiers” project organized by sixth-grade student leaders Sophia Wald, Anna McKee, Sopia Spallo and Katie Spallo.
The four students organized a competition among grade levels to see which grade could contribute the most candy for the soldiers. They saw this as a win-win opportunity. Students were able to donate candy they were allergic to, didn’t like or because their parents thought they had collected too much from trick or treating.
At the same time, the students were providing soldiers with tasty sweet treats. Second-graders won the competition with 1,174 pieces of candy donated.
Overall, Pleasant Lea collected 5,208 pieces of candy that are being donated to Operation Gratitude.