For the second consecutive year, members of the MacArthur Elementary Student Council participated in a day of community service on March 18. Sixteen third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from the school spent the morning volunteering in the warehouse of the Casa de Peregrinos.

Students from MacArthur Elementary School volunteer in the warehouse at Casa de Peregrinos during the student council's community service day on March 18. [Courtesy photo]

The students walked to the warehouse from their school, then worked in a makeshift assembly line to put together bags of food items that would later be made available to community members in need. By the end of the morning, they had filled the entire warehouse with bags of food, according to MacArthur school counselor Bob Dearborn, who organized the service project.

MacArthur Elementary Student Council members participated in a community service day at Casa de Peregrinos on Monday, March 18. [Courtesy photo.]

Casa de Peregrinos Volunteer Coordinator Diana Alvarez and warehouse staff said they were impressed by the students’ hard work and how well-behaved they were, Dearborn said.

Members of the MacArthur Elementary School Student Council take a break from their volunteer work at the Casa de Peregrinos warehouse to pose for a photo on Monday, March 18. [Courtesy photo]

“We’re very proud of Mr. Dearborn and our student council for their participation in this community service project,” said MacArthur Principal Yuri Castillo.

Dearborn said the group hopes to continue the tradition next year.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811,