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Cockeysville Middle gearing up for food drive [Cockeysville]

Cockeysville Middle School students Ava Askandarian, Courtney Kelly, Paola Ruiz and Julia Whatley attended the Baltimore County Student Councils on behalf of the school's Student Government Association.

The councils group is a countywide organization that serves as the official voice of the students of Baltimore County Public Schools and encourages student leadership and community service. The meeting highlighted the Harvest for the Hungry's Kids Helping Kids Food Drive now underway at many area schools. Cockeysville Middle School participates in the food drive yearly and last year gathered more than 7,000 pounds of food making Cockeysville Middle first in the county and third in the state in school based food donations! Under the direction of Dina Staley, other student government members who are working on the drive include Brennan Kelly, Andrew Mulligan, Danny Van Natta, McKenzie Weller, Alex Whatley and Kate Whatley.

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Halloween is coming and to that end, Trunktoberfest, hosted by Grace Fellowship Church, takes place on Friday, Oct. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. Billed as a family friendly, all-ages, super-fun event, Trunktoberfest aims to bring neighborhoods together to celebrate Halloween in a safe environment.  "We have really raised the bar on the event this year," adds Wanda Bickers, Connections Ministries pastor. It will feature free food, live music, games, face painting, inflatables and trunks full of candy. The littlest trick-or-treaters will have their own area with toddlers and preschoolers enjoying an indoor inflatable and their own Trunk-or-Treat.  Grace Fellowship is located at 9505 Deerco Road, Timonium. Go to gfc.org for details.

Also on Oct. 24, Hunt Valley Church will be hosting its Trunk or Treat and Fall Block Party. Charity Kauffman, director of children's ministries, loves meeting neighbors and introducing them the Hunt Valley Church but the main intent of the event is to have a fun night with family and friends. Come in costume to trick or treat from the decorated cars in the parking lot.  Once all the goodies have been passed out, head inside for the grand finale, for a family program along with the Trunk or Treat Awards ceremony celebrating creative costumes and trunks. Event is free and begins at 6:30 p.m., church is located at 13015 Beaver Dam Road. Go to huntvalleychurch.orgf or more information.

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