To help mark the 100th day of school on Feb. 6, kindergartners through fourth-graders at the Foxboro Regional Charter School collected hundreds of health/hygiene items for the Foxboro Food Pantry.

Each grade level collected the following items: kindergarten, toothpaste; first grade, toothbrushes; second grade, deodorant; third grade, shampoo; fourth grade, conditioner; staff, soap.

Fourth-grade teacher Michelle Carter said the idea was to collect 100 of each item in celebration of the 100th day of school, but that goal was greatly exceeded, with 1,847 items collected to donate to the pantry. This was the first year of the effort and the school hopes it becomes a tradition.

Carter said she got the idea from someone in a math Facebook group she is in and then adapted it to the school.

“I proposed the idea to our principal, Mrs. Benson, who was all for it,” Carter said.

Cheryl Hixon, a co-director of pantry and a Foxboro Discretionary Fund board member, said the donation was amazing.

“The pantry always needs health and beauty aids. We usually get donations of food, so that was great for a change. Our clients were very grateful to receive toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.,” she said.

Rekha Jatling, a Foxboro resident whose son Rajveer is a second grader at the school, bought deodorant from Stop and Shop and her son donated one stick of deodorant.

“Donations are good for society. Kids will learn about giving and get the habit of donating. It will help so many people who are in need. The Foxboro Food Pantry is providing food and other items for the people who are experiencing economic hardship,” she said.

Carter said FRCS students do community service learning projects throughout the year.

“I think it is important for students to learn at a young age how to think of others and give back,” she said. “By teaching this to them now, I hope they grow into adults that think of and do things for others. I also think it was nice that we could take our celebration of the 100th day of school and use the occasion to help others.”