Two local elementary school students honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the month of January by participating in the North Gwinnett Co-op’s Honor the Dream Food Drive.

Buford residents Dylan Iszard, who is in fourth grade at Buford Senior Academy, and his sister, Lauryn, who is in second grade at Buford Academy, participated in the 2022 Day of Service that honors King’s legacy through service to one’s community. The siblings collected food items for the drive from their neighbors, their teachers and classmates at school, their church family at Mt. Zion Baptist, and family and friends.

“It’s important for Dylan and Lauryn to appreciate what they have and understand the importance of giving rather than receiving,” said their mom, Natasha Iszard.

Dylan and Lauryn also collected monetary donations that they used to purchase additional food items for the co-op’s drive.

“They enjoyed shopping and realizing how much they could buy with the $340 they collected in donations,” Natasha said.

Both Dylan and Lauryn are developing a mindset of giving — “Dylan often quotes, ‘It’s better to give than receive,'” Natasha said. “Lauryn stated it’s important to help those in need and make them happy.”

Thank you, Dylan and Lauryn, for giving back to the local community! Keep up the great work!

FEATURED PHOTO: Dylan Iszard, left, and his sister Lauryn collected donations for the North Gwinnett Co-op’s Honor the Dream Food Drive as part of the 2022 Day of Service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo courtesy of Natasha Iszard. 

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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