A classroom at Lydiksen Elementary was abuzz Wednesday as members of Club 40 gathered to present goodie bags they'd made to Shepherd's Gate for children in its transitional housing.
"The children made goodie bags with positive messages," said counselor Abby Johnson, who is Club 40 coordinator for several sites. "This room is filled with positive, carling, friendly students."
They also collected enough non-perishables for the Alameda County Food Bank to overflow five large barrels.
Club 40 does a lot of good for others who are less fortunate and it is empowering for the club members, Johnson explained. They also collected items for the children who were displaced by the fire and explosion in San Bruno in September.
Lydiksen's Club 40 includes students from grades 2-5, including those in the Special Day Class.
Teachers get in the giving act, too, noted Johnson.
"Instead of a Secret Santa they did a collection for Shepherd's Gate," she said.