Students from Banquete Independent School District got into the Thanksgiving spirit last week with a food drive for needy families in the Banquete area.

All 24 classes at Banquete Elementary School, from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, created a Thanksgiving basket filled with food, toys, coloring books, candles, plates, napkins, table covers, and even toothbrushes, scarecrows, bath beads and jigsaw puzzles.

The Banquete Elementary School Student Council sponsored the second annual food drive.

"All the kids pretty much participated," said student council sponsor Rosalinda Garcia. "They were pretty excited."

A contest was held at the elementary school Nov. 15 to judge the entries on creativity and effort. The holiday-themed baskets included a chuck wagon, Snoppy's doghouse and plenty of pilgrims and turkeys.

Jill Malek's first-grade class won first place and a pizza party.

Kari Hendricks and Kathy Otahal's third-grade classes won second place and a nacho party while Delilah Linenberger's fifth-grade class won third place and an ice cream party.

Banquete High School and junior high students also got into the giving sprit and raised money for H-E-B gift cards with a pie-in-the-face competition so that Thanksgiving basket recipients could also get turkeys and hams to go along with the baskets.

The baskets and gift cards were given to needy families in the Banquete-area this week.