Sebring elementary students begin food drive

Items are sorted on a table in a B.L. Miller Elementary hallway for the annual Christmas Canned Food Drive that continues until Wednesday, Dec. 19. (Submitted photo)

SEBRING–Leann Laure, a third-grade teacher at B.L. Miller Elementary School in Sebring, is once again doing her part to help her community during the holiday season.

Laure and her third-grade class’ Christmas Canned Food Drive began Monday and continues until Wednesday, Dec. 19. The items collected will be sorted into holiday baskets, which will be picked up or deliver to participating families Friday, Dec. 21.

This is the 24th year Laure has managed a school-wide food drive. She was inspired to start a food drive after a discussion with her father.

“We discussed how we were so blessed to have the things that we do in our lives,” said Laure. “But we knew that many others in our school community were struggling to get by.”

All donations will be distributed to local families in need this holiday season. When Laure started the drive, they were able to provide holiday baskets to eight families. The drive has grown to provide for over 40 families. Some baskets contain clothing and toys, too.

“I cannot do this Christmas Drive alone,” said Laure. “I used to, but it has become so huge, I have to rely on the help of others to make it all run smoothly.”

A contest is held between the classes to see who can donate the most items. Extra points are rewarded for particular items that are brought in on certain days. The class with the most points on Dec. 19 wins a pizza party. One winner will be chosen from classes kindergarten through third-grade and fourth-grade through sixth-grade.