On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Bellefonte Elementary students to help FaithCentre food bank

Bellefonte Elementary School students will perform Friday for the 20th time to help their community.

The annual Lip Sync week tradition began Monday with small, fun events throughout the week, culminating in a variety show performance at 6:30 p.m. Friday to collect food items for the FaithCentre food bank.

Events throughout the week include wearing green, pajama day and wearing school colors. If the students want to participate, they must bring one nonperishable food item, and admission for the community to the show Friday is also the same.

The goal for overall number of food items collected is 1,000, Co-chairwoman Christine Ebeling said.

“It’s just kind of a way to support the community and the food bank in a fun way, so the students get to work together,” she said.

The event started as just a lip-syncing performance, but it has evolved into several different acts.

Some students keep up with the lip-syncing tradition, but others perform dance choreography routines or gymnastics, Ebeling said. There will be about 20 performances in all totaling about 55 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

All of the practice time is organized outside of school and the students work hard honing their performances, Ebeling said.

Any nonperishable food items are accepted, but the FaithCentre is specifically asking for rice, pasta, kids’ cereal and low-salt canned fruit and vegetables.

The variety show will be held in the Bellefonte Elementary School auditorium and will last about two hours. It will include an intermission, when a representative from the FaithCentre will announce the results of the food drive.