‘Best lesson ever’: Students hand out food, water at Lehigh school

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. Hurricane Irma is forcing Lee County students to miss weeks worth of school, but it’s giving some of them a chance to learn about compassion.

Dozens of them gathered Wednesday at Lehigh Acres Middle School to hand out food, water and ice to those hardest hit by the storm in an outreach organized by the school’s principal.

“It’s really nice that everyone can get involved here,” said Sophia Reed, a fifth-grader from Pinewoods Elementary who volunteered. “It just makes my heart smile.”

The public invited to receive hot meals each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school on 104 Arthur Ave.

“They say thank you, they appreciate our hard work,” Lehigh Acres Middle sixth-grader Roman Prashad said.

The idea is for the students to also gain an appreciation for what it means to be part of a community, Principal Neketa Watson said.

“I think this is the best lesson ever,” Watson said. “It is important to always give back and i’m hoping that’s something that will stick with them forever.”

WINK News reporter Melinda Lee went live via Facebook to show the students volunteering Wednesday:

Reporter:Melinda Lee