During the month of December several 8th grade students sug- gested that the middle school find a way to help a family in need. Mrs. Kopperud contacted Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc to find out how the LCMS Bulldogs could help out. We were able to adopt a family who would not have been able to afford to purchase Christmas gifts. On December 7th, the group of students went shopping at our local Walmart store to purchase the items on the children’s wish list, as well as clothing, hygiene items, and food. Students then helped to wrap the gifts and prepare them for delivery. It was a rewarding experience for this group of students to know they were helping a family in need during the holiday season. We were able to use funds from our annual Middle School Carnival to purchase the items for our adopt-a-family project. Thank you to all the community members who support this great event every year. It allows middle school students to have great experiences like this and give back to the community. As counselors, we encourage any students who have a service project in mind to contact us and we will see what we can do to help. Mrs. Kari Kopperud Mr. Jason Martin Pictured are the students who participated in the adopt-a-family project during the month of December: Front row L-R: Kara Garnatz, Tyrae Barker, Lauren Duhn, Shelby Mauch Back row L-R: Kaitlen Ernst, Savannah Archer, Taylor Rolling, Valeria Venegas, Ruby Munguia LCHS Student Council would like to thank all those who donated for the Support Siouxland Soldier packages. We sent out 50 care packages to deployed troops and will send a few more out after the New Year. We have received thank you notes from some of the recipients, including Bri- an Harder, SMSgt 185 Air Refueling Wing. Here is a portion of his thank you: To all who participated, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to help with this program. It is valued so much when you can see a little bit of home when we are away. I received your package and it was such a delight picking through all the goodies. The jerky was my favorite. I shared the box with people in my section. It was like a pack of wolves attacked it. I think the entire box was gone or spoken for within a couple days. The men and women of the armed forces are very thankful for communities such as ours who reach out and support each other. Thank you Le Mars Student council and staff. Your act of kindness definitely has made a difference. Please tell your community helpers and sponsors thank you as well. The high school Culinary Arts classes are pre- paring for the holidays by making seasonal treats for sale. While Family Living is studying crisis and aging, we are having speakers in talking about widow- hood, Hospice and challenges of aging. Eight grade is just finishing the Dave Ramsey finance unit and starting foods and nutrition. Seventh grade students are starting sewing and making pillows.