■ Squads from Fayette County Public Schools dominated the Region 11 competitive cheer contests Nov. 23 at Bryan Station High School. In the all-girl super large division (21 to 24 members), Henry Clay took first-place honors and Paul Laurence Dunbar was runner-up. In the all-girl large category (17 to 20), Dunbar placed first and Lafayette was third. In the co-ed division, Tates Creek earned the top score.
The winning school in each division from each region advances to the 2014 state competition Dec. 13 in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
■ Thousands of Lexington students came through this fall with a donation of more than 67,000 pounds of nonperishable food in the 2014 Kids Can Fight Hunger Food Drive. The donation has an estimated retail value of $113,230, according to God's Pantry Food Bank.
Schools competed in four divisions based on total enrollment, with the STEAM Academy, Meadowthorpe Elementary and Rosa Parks Elementary receiving $500 cash prizes. The winners were determined by the most food collected, including monetary donations at a conversion rate of 60 pounds of food per $10 equivalent. Schools also entered a food box decorating contest for a $250 grand prize, and Mary Todd Elementary's entry received the most likes on the God's Pantry Facebook page.
Individual students participated in a coloring contest for gift cards. Judges gave first place to Emily Wang and third place to Ruth Cathey, both of Meadowthorpe Elementary, for their original drawings that illustrated the phrase "Together we can solve hunger."
The Kids Can Fight Hunger Food Drive is sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. Thirty-five Fayette County public and private schools participated this year, and the awards were presented Nov. 17 at the food bank on Jaggie Fox Way.
■ Altrusa International of Lexington recently presented dictionaries to 106 students at Breckenridge Elementary School. This school year the club has given dictionaries to third-graders at the following elementary schools: Russell Cave, Harrison, Northern, Mary Todd, Millcreek, William Wells Brown and Yates. Students at Deep Springs, Booker T. Washington and James Lane Allen will receive their dictionaries this month. Altrusa International of Lexington Inc., has been giving dictionaries to Fayette County third-graders for five years. For more information, go to Altrusalexky.com.