With the holidays coming up, area schools are working to ensure families have food on their table.
"At Staunton Elementary the student council is sponsoring a food drive again this year," fifth-grade teacher Denise Brush said. "We ask during the month of November that each child bring in non-perishable items that we will then donate to the Staunton Food Pantry."
The student council is also sponsoring a Penny Wars during the month of November to benefit the Clay County Humane Society.
"The class with the most money collected will receive a movie and snack from the student council, and a visit from a furry friend from the humane shelter," Brush said. "In December, we will be signing up for ring the bell for the Salvation Army as well as collect money donations."
Brush is also hoping to also make a mitten/hat tree in December to give the students the opportunity to get some. The students will again be helping the Staunton Food Pantry in January when the council sponsors a "Soup-er Bowl" party.
Students may bring a can of soup for the admission of a movie and popcorn.
Students at Forest Park Elementary are currently collecting non-perishable food items for families with students in need within their school. The student council is sponsoring the drive and each grade level has been encouraged to fill a cart.
"We are very fortunate," Title 1 Coordinator Debbie Zimmerman said. "Both Pages and Kroger allowed us to use their carts."
Currently the Kindergarten class is in the lead, having filled two carts. The winning grade level will receive a pizza part next week.