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Westside school to host lasagna dinner to raise funds for camp

Shawmut Hills 5th graders are hoping to bring together community and raise money for their annual trip to Camp Manitou-Lin with a lasagna dinner that has become a yearly event.
Shawmut Hills students preparing for the lasagna dinner

Shawmut Hills students preparing for the lasagna dinner /Katie Eitzen

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Shawmut Hills School fifth graders are hosting their 5th Annual Lasagna Dinner on Friday, February 19 to support their 5th Grade Camp Fund. 

The students are working to raise $4500 to get all of them to Camp Manitou-Lin this coming April. So far, they have managed to raise just over $1800 by hosting a Barnes and Noble book fair, having bake sales and other small fundraisers like the monthly “Hawk-a-Grams” and pop can/bottle drives. At this time, they have enough to send 17 of 52 students to camp. 

"It's a huge point of pride for our kids to raise that much money and send themselves on such an adventure. To go away for two nights in a row is the first time many kids have been away from their families that long, so camp is a big deal for them," says Sara Melton, Principal of Shawmut Hills.

When asked about the dinner plans with fifth graders, Demetri Martinez pointed out that he thinks “It’s a good way to try something new!” Ricardo Valdez-Carmona wants everyone to know “The lasagna is good so come and try it!”

“It’s a good way to bring the community together, and raise money for camp,” says fifth grader Nevaeh Romero.

"It's a great way for them to end their elementary experience and puts them on a real high with each other, their self and sense of who they are and what they can accomplish. So many wonderful challenges like the ropes course, survival skills in nature and being together away from home really builds their independence and solidifies that transition to middle school. It definitely grows their perspective," says Melton.

The lasagna dinner includes meat or vegatable lasagna (or macaroni and cheese), salad with choice of dressing, Italian bread, lemonade or water. There will also be a variety of baked goods provided by fifth grade families. The event is $6 per meal. For those who want to support the fifth graders but can’t stay, take out is also available. 

The event is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Shawmut Hills cafeteria. Shawmut Hills is located at 2550 Burritt Street NW.

Disclosure: The author is a librarian and parent at Shawmut Hills School.

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