by Lisa Tome
Students at Cecilton Elementary School are giving to their own this holiday season.
During most of the month of November, students collected for the annual PTO Food Drive. Michelle Parke, president of the PTO, explained that the event, which ran from November 9-20, is helping families within the school. She said that the community also helps by pitching in turkeys.
Fifth graders take a lead role with the endeavor. Each day, they went to classrooms and collected from other students.
The PTO members then gather the collection, check expiration dates and sort the items for donation.
Parke's son, fourth grader Alex, explained the reason for the food drive. "We do it for families in need so they can live longer and have the things they need," he said.
Adam Park, who is in Kindergarten said the purpose of the drive is so those in need "can stay alive and have some food."
Cecilton Elementary is also collecting Coats for Kids through December 1.
New and gently worn coats may be dropped at the school. They will be cleaned and distributed at the Cecil Help Center.
Cecilton Elementary has some other upcoming holiday events. The annual Santa Shop, where children can buy gifts is set for Saturday, December 12.
Cecilton staff will be on board a bus and out in the community on December 16 from 4-6 p.m.. The annual Jingle Bell Tour will be held in various sub-divisions. Teachers will be giving gloves, hats, and mittens to students. Anyone who would like to donate hats, gloves, scarves and such may take them to the school.