Kiran Rajan, a 7th grader at Fairfield Woods Middle School, recently read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in health class. To encourage communication, organization, and self-management skills, the students had to initiate, plan, and carry out a community service project of their choosing. Kiran thought about how fortunate she is to never have to know what it feels like to go hungry or not have a roof over her head. She decided to organize a bake sale to raise funds for Operation Hope. Kiran planned the menu, shopped and baked with her mom, had her dad help set up and enlisted her sister and a friend to help sell the baked goods outside Snappy Gator, a store in Fairfield Center. Kiran learned how to communicate the work Operation Hope does to end hunger and homeless for those in need in our community and how to ask for donations (not an easy task!). She raised $613, which she presented to Pantry Manager Heather Woelk and Pantry volunteer Kathleen McNamara. We are grateful to students like Kiran for taking the initiative to care for and feed our neighbors in need. Thank you, Kiran, and also to your friends and family who supported you in this endeavor!