Lugoff-Elgin students raise $17,000 for needy families

KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – Students at Kershaw County schools raised $17,000 for families in need this holiday season.

The fundraising culminated in a school-wide Holiday Hopes assembly at Lugoff Elgin High School to celebrate the meaning of the holiday season. Ornate decorations, created by students and art teachers Alan Riches and Gina Bruce, added to the festive atmosphere.

“The purpose [of the assembly] is to allow our students the opportunity to grasp the joy of giving, while giving hope to those who are less fortunate during this

time of year,” principal Worth Thomasson said.

The assembly has become a tradition at the high school through the years. The year, school officials said, more than a dozen individual classes raised money and bought presents for the Kershaw County DSS Angel Tree, in addition to 15 other groups, including clubs and athletic teams. In total, 15 organizations from the Oliver Gospel Mission to Epworth Children’s Home benefited from the charitable efforts of the school.

“I am always amazed at the level of participation from our student body and our staff at LEHS,” Thomasson said.

Kids from Lugoff Elementary, Blaney Elementary and Doby’s Mill Elementary also took part in the giving, collecting teddy bears that were donated to Columbia Children’s Hospital.

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