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Staff supports families with games, hygiene items

Kentwood — Explorer Elementary staff members collected more than 200 family games and hygiene items to donate to The Community Basket, a food pantry at 3178 68th St. SE.

Kent School Services Network coordinator Cheyenne Fernandez led the effort as a service project to support area families.

“I really wanted people in our own community to see our school is supporting them,” she said. 

She knew there was a need for hygiene and cleaning items, but wanted to add some fun that can continue throughout the winter months.

“It promotes quality family time and a sense of belonging and sense of security,” she said. 

The donated games, puzzles and activity books included the words “Family time is the best time of year” on the tags.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is managing editor and reporter, covering Kentwood, Lowell and Wyoming. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013, and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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