Lino students exceed expectation with food collection

Lino Lakes Elementary students show of the grocery bags full of food they collected.
Lino Lakes Elementary students show of the grocery bags full of food they collected.

Students at Lino Lakes Elementary School were challenged to collect 1,500 food items during the first two weeks of December to help Second Harvest Heartland and Centennial Community Food Shelf in Circle Pines. Within two days, the students collected about 3,000 items, which filled up four vans.
“In past years the kindergartners handled the food drive, but this year the committee that planned the event wanted to bring awareness to the whole school that there are people in need in the world,” drive organizer and first grade teacher Liz Scheele said.
Kristina Brandt’s kindergarten class brought in 177 items and won the pre-k through second grade division, while Amy Greenfield’s fifth grade class brought in 355 items winning the third through sixth grade division. The two classes will receive a pizza party shortly after they return from the holiday break.