Food Service Staff L to R: Mary Beth DiLorenzo, food service manager; Terri Blasche; Diane Chester; Linda Dlabik.

Lawrence Township Public Schools opened the Lawrence High School Commons to residents Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 to provide warmth, internet access, food, water, showers and a place to charge electronics. An average of 150 people took advantage of the LHS respite each of the three days the school was open. Various Board of Education members, facilities staff led by Director Bo Hitchcock, district administrators, and a technology technician were present daily to help residents and oversee district operations. Food service staff, led by Manager Mary Beth DiLorenzo, was on hand to keep the coffee, hot chocolate, water and various food offerings flowing. The district provided most of the supplies and some Lawrence residents dropped off water and food.