Marshall Elks Lodge honored East Texas high school students on Monday who have been recognized by their districts as students of the month.

“Each school chooses a student of the month based on their criteria including things like good grades, community service and involvement in extra curricular activities,” Marshall Elks member Renea Oswalt said on Monday. “We have had this program about five or six years where we honor and recognize those students for their hard work.”

Eight area school districts were allowed to submit four students each for their students of the month from September, October, November and December, to be honored at the Elks’ quarterly reception and dinner on Monday.

The Lodge also honors a senior student of the year from each of the eight districts in the spring and presents them with a scholarship to use for college.

“The students can bring their parents, family members and a counselor or teacher with them to the dinner to be recognized,” Oswalt said.

The dinner on Monday was catered by Catfish Express Catering Company and the Harleton 4H students helped serve the guests.

Next up, the Lodge will host its Veterans and First Responders Breakfast on the third Saturday of each month. The hot breakfast is free for veterans or first responders and their spouses, while all other guests are invited to the breakfast at $5 each.

The Lodge is also currently collecting coats for its annual Coats for Kids drive, which hands out coats to children in need each winter. The coats may be dropped off at a drop box in front of the Lodge, located at 411 East Austin Street in Marshall, or at B & C Cleaners, located at 201 South Washington Avenue in Marshall. B & C Cleaners also launders the donated coats for free, Oswalt said.

Those wishing to donate to either the scholarship fund for area high school seniors or the coat drive may do so anytime of the year by contacting the Lodge at 903-935-2052.