Eagles Landing Middle School students collect canned goods for needy families

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -  Eighth grader Alec Kain and his class are packing up canned goods they have been collecting.

The donations are going to the Bill Brooks'  Food For Families drive which helps those in need at Thanksgiving.

Alec said, "It will be helping lots of people who don't have as much as everybody else."

The food drive was inspired by Eagles Landing Middle School principal Cindy Chiapetta. She said, "I know there is a number of people in our own community who are not as fortunate. As a principal of the school, I think it's very important to help students understand the value of giving back."

Thirteen hundred students attend the school, and the principal is hoping that among all of those children, more than two thousand cans of food will be collected.

She said, "The class that brings the most will earn a pizza party. But kind of last minute we had our culinary arts teacher put a challenge out to his students, and if they ultimately win, he will have his head shaved."

Students are looking forward to the challenge, but know the true reward is helping others.

"We feel really proud of it because we get to have a sense of responsibility and recognition for bringing in the cans and it makes us feel really good to do it, because it's a good to do."

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