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Zach Bonner leads effort to break food-drive world record

Recently, 17-year-old Zach Bonner of Riverview, founder of the Little Red Wagon Foundation and champion of homeless youth, collected more food in a 24-hour drive than the Guinness World Records holder.

He and his fellow volunteers amassed 566,600 pounds of food, more than the previous record of 559,885 pounds collected by a North Carolina school in 2011.

Bonner received assistance with this event from Feeding America Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries, which provides 2,300 meals, houses 100 families and single women and takes care of 250 children daily.

The young philanthropist credited the community’s generosity.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for your help, donations and participation in the Food for a Million Project,” he said in a Nov. 8 Facebook blast. “Because of your support, hundreds of thousands of people will be fed this holiday season.”

Student musicians head to Italy

More than 250 Bloomingdale High School students will head to Italy Dec. 27 through Jan. 3 to share their musical gifts in concert at Vatican City, Rome and Frascati.

A group of 295, including student musicians, directors Jon Sever (band), Jason P. Locker (chorus) and Dale Lewis (orchestra) and chaperones will make the trip, some flying from Miami and others from Orlando.

The trip will include “everything possible,” said Sever, such as educational excursions to Pompeii, the Roman Forum and Colosseum and the catacombs under the streets of Rome.

“The students were invited, I believe, based on our performance in London four years ago,” said Sever. “The current seniors were made aware of the trip when they were freshmen so the plans have been four years in the making.”

The trip costs $3,450 per person, most of which has been raised, but the music programs and students are “always looking for help,” said Sever. To contribute, contact Bloomingdale High School at (813) 744-8018.

“We are truly fortunate to have this opportunity,” he said, “and thank the school board and the community for their support.”

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