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Bellefonte students have fun to fight hunger

Jacob Knapp, Alex Ebeling and Cooper Funk perform Weird Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy” during the 20th annual Bellefonte Elementary Lip Sync and Variety Benefit Show for the FaithCentre on Friday.
Jacob Knapp, Alex Ebeling and Cooper Funk perform Weird Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy” during the 20th annual Bellefonte Elementary Lip Sync and Variety Benefit Show for the FaithCentre on Friday. CDT photo

Poindexter III may have been the crowd favorite Friday night as third-graders Alex Ebeling, Cooper Funk and Jacob Knapp performed their own version of Weird Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy.”

The three took the Bellefonte Elementary School auditorium stage in rolled-up khakis, white socks, black shoes, rainbow-colored suspenders with matching bowties, and black-rimmed glasses.

“It took us a couple weeks to practice, but we’re having a lot of fun,” said Cooper, 9, the mastermind behind the idea. “Plus, it’s nice to be a part of the good in the community.”

The group was just three of 60 other Bellefonte elementary students that performed at the school district-sponsored 20th annual Lip Sync and Variety Benefit Show, which helped raise funds for the FaithCentre food bank.

Benefit co-chairwoman Dara Harper said that throughout the week leading up to the show, students participated in spirit week at school.

Those who participated and those who donated at least one canned good were able to perform in the variety show, co-chairwoman Christine Ebeling added.

“It’s a great way for these kids to give back, and promote themselves and help promote the food bank,” Ebeling said. “It’s fun, it boosts their confidence and shows them how to give back to a great community organization.”

Shy to talk but not so shy on the stage, first-grader Kassidy Wilson, 7, said she had so much fun that she wanted to perform again.

Kassidy and classmates Kendra Auman, Alivia Crock and Dayne Kline called themselves The BFFs and did a number to Taylor Swift’s “22.”

“It’s one of my favorite songs,” Alivia said. “We all like Taylor Swift.”

The group also performed a similar act last year, Alivia said.

This year, the show exceeded its goal by collecting 1,104 cans of food. The total was announced during the program’s intermission.

“This right here is one of the reasons why Bellefonte is a great community to serve,” said FaithCentre board member Stephanie Cooper Robinson. “These kids and all the people involved are selfless.”

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