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Peabody School Students Hold Food Drive to Give Back

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Students at Peabody School in Albemarle County want every family to have enough food to eat this holiday season.  The school has been working for weeks to bring in donations for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

The students are hoping to collect 1,000 pounds of food this year.  They say this is a chance for their small school to give back to the greater community.

Nearly all of the students at Peabody School chipped in to feed the community this year during their annual food drive.  Classes who have 100 percent participation get a reward.

"We're definitely going to win the pizza party, 100 percent participation for most grades," said Peabody School student Cabot Martin.

But the greatest reward is feeling like they made a difference.

Peabody School teacher Traci Wynn said, "I think we hear about hunger in developing countries in the third world, but to know that they can actually help a neighbor, I think means a lot."

As they lift their collection of canned goods, cereal and paper plates into the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank truck, they hope they're lifting a burden off of hungry families this holiday season.

"There's so many people in our community that need help but not a lot of people stand up and help, so I think it's important for our small community to help the bigger community," said Peabody School student Lulu Wood.

Peabody School student Nellie Baumer said, "We should be able to put ourselves in their shoes because I think that we aren't used to having the thought of not having enough to eat and thinking, 'oh what am I going to eat for dinner?'"

They say they're glad to share what they're fortunate enough to have with the whole community.

"We do it just to help people in need," Martin said.  "That's necessary for us that are more fortunate to help those that are not."

The students are hoping to beat the current record of 981 pounds.  But they say they're confident, with so many people participating this year, they'll break 1,000.

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