HIgh schooler reading to elementary student.
Lakewood Leaders have read to Manatee Elementary students for 10 yearsl.

Samantha Montano – Mustangs ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Lakewood Leaders are participating in Project Manatee on Monday.

Project Manatee provides less fortunate children with a wonderful holiday experience.

Project Manatee will take place in Manatee Elementary School and will focus on kindergarten classes.

LRHS Mustangs attending will leave school from fourth to seventh period and take a bus to the elementary school.

Several holiday activities are being held for the children, including book readings, arts and crafts, and cookie decorating.

“The purpose of this project is to spread Christmas cheer and give back to those who have less,” said club adviser and LRHS math teacher Meghan Sugalski.

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Lakewood leaders have participated in this holiday event for the past 10 years. It allows Mustangs to earn community service hours in a fun and social manner.

“Project Manatee is a great event for both members of Lakewood leaders and the kindergarteners. It is so rewarding to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and how much they enjoy the event. It also provides members with valuable leadership skills,” said club President Carline Spiegel.