Dyer Elementary School helps feed the hungry

Students at Dyer Elementary School in South Portland are helping to feed needy families at the Preble Street Resource Center this holiday season by "stuffing the bus."

Students have dropped off nonperishable food donations for the last few weeks into a box shaped like a school bus located in the lobby of the school. Big Hits Y100.9 DJ Chuck Igo stopped by in a real school bus on Monday, Nov. 19 to pick up the donations and bring them over to Preble Street in Portland.

The food donation effort is part of the radio station’s "Stuff the Big Bus" food drive. Igo drove to area schools in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Portland and Scarborough to collect donations. Then, on the following two days, the bus was parked in local grocery stores where customers could drop off cash and nonperishable food donations.

The food drive at Dyer School was organized by the fifth-grade leadership team and physical education teacher Dianne Kazilonis. The students will continue to work throughout the year on leadership activities, which include collecting recycled materials for the building, assisting younger students in art class projects and helping at lunchtime in the school cafeteria.