During the month of December, the Student Council at Doña Ana Elementary School collected canned goods for community homeless shelters that help those in need.

Students from the Doña Ana Elementary Student Council pose with food donations the organization collected in December to benefit Casa de Peregrinos. The food drive raised more than 200 cans of food for the local food program.

The Student Council officers chose to help the Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program, which serves much of Doña Ana County. Alice Mirabal, a fourth-grade teacher and Student Council co-sponsor at the school, said the students were excited to show their support and demonstrate compassion for their community.

“They knew that every little bit counts, and they all wanted to do their part to help this agency,” Mirabal added.

The Doña Ana Student Council proudly presented more than 200 canned food items, and collected nearly $200, which Mirabal said will go toward funding supplies and future service projects.

“It’s never too early to teach students about compassion,” said Greg Ewing, Superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools. “These students accomplished their goal of helping others in their community, and we are very proud of them.”

— Samantha Lewis, LCPS Public Relations Coordinator, 575-527-5946, slewis@lcps.net