Students at Shamona Creek Elementary School donated their Halloween candy to charity."With the help of the Sha-mona Creek Home and School's Charity and Community Service Committee, the Halloween Candy Drive has grown to be a very popular event," said district spokeswoman Pat McGlone in a news release. "Each fall, students and surrounding community members donate their excess candy to the school knowing it will go to a good cause."

Lisa McEntee, chairwoman of the candy drive, said that in mid-November second and third graders brought their extra Halloween candy into school. And one day after school, the students packed 10 pieces of candy in bags, according to McEntee.

This candy drive has been a tradition at Shamona Creek for the past 10 years and about 50 students participated this year, McEntee said.

"They learn to share the candy and that it's going to help others," McEntee said. "It's an easy way to get kids involved."

The candy was later donated to several food cupboards and charity programs including the Lionville YMCA's Angel Tree Program, the Coatesville Food Cupboard, the Lord's Pantry in Downingtown, the Police Athletic League in West Chester, the Salvation Army in West Chester, and the Woman and Youth Alliance in Coatesville.

Additionally, lollipops were donated to the Lionville Fire Company for their Santa event, and candy was brought to St. Paul's Church in Lionville and St. Elizabeth's Church in Upper Uwchlan for troops in Iraq, according to McEntee.

Extra candy was used in Thanksgiving baskets at the schools, McEntee said. In all, the students made over 1,000 small sandwich bags of candy, she said.

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