Eighth-graders went up against teachers in Sacred Heart of Jesus School’s first Lip Sync Battle on March 17.

The event was a benefit for the Sacred Heart of Jesus St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Students and faculty voted for their favorite performance with nonperishable food items. Carts were marked “eighth grade” and “teachers,” and students and faculty placed their “votes” in the cart of their choice. Over a four-day period, 1,216 pounds of food was collected to benefit the Food Pantry, with the teachers edging out the eighth-graders, 672 pounds to 544 pounds.

Students donate nonperishable items weekly to the food pantry during schoolwide Masses each Wednesday, averaging 200 pounds of food per week. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, the school wanted to bolster donations in preparation for busy summer months when the need increases drastically.

The Sacred Heart Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a volunteer group dedicated to person-to-person service of those in need. The food pantry is just one of the services the group offers to those in need within Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish boundaries.