Students tapped into new roles Friday night that were little different than being average Bellefonte Elementary School kids.
They more or less turned into divas.
More than 70 kindergarten to fifth-grade students made up 21 acts for the 22nd annual Lip-Sync Benefit Show at the Bellefonte Area High School auditorium.
Their mission was to host a performance that allowed participants to dress up, lip-sync to tunes, dance and/or participate in a talent show, all while raising goods for the FaithCentre Food Bank.
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Event co-chairwoman Christine Ebeling said students were asked to bring in canned goods, health products and nonperishable items every day during the school’s spirit week, leading up to the show.
A donation of a nonperishable item was also admission to the show Friday night.
“Their efforts are always appreciated and each year, they manage to collect hundreds of items,” FaithCentre Executive Director Nicole Summers said. “This year, however, their help is even more critical. The FaithCentre Food Bank, like many throughout Pennsylvania, is beginning to feel the negative impact of the budget impasse. So, more than ever, the food bank is relying on the community and the kindness of neighbors to keep the shelves stocked and hunger at bay in our town.”
During the spirit week, the students collected 309 items, and at the show they collected 522 for a total of 831 nonperishable goods to help the food bank, Ebeling said.