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The principal of Leonardtown High School and her administrative staff made a donation to the Southern Maryland Food Bank this week on the behalf of the school’s teachers and staff.

Principal Maureen Montgomery notified the school’s employees Thursday that she made a $2,000 donation to the food bank “as our gift to the community.”

The money, which is generated through parking fees and parking violations at the school and from its vending machines, is usually used to buy holiday gifts for each employee. In the past, gifts have included ornaments and Leonardtown High scarves, the principal said.

In the letter given to employees Thursday, Montgomery thanked them for their “heavy lifting,” particularly during a challenging time.

“One challenge is the troublesome economic conditions many of our families are facing,” she wrote. “Our local food bank has not been able to keep up with the demands of our community and is constantly seeking donations in order to meet the needs of the people.”

Chopticon High School Principal Garth Bowling said this year he used funds from the teachers’ room vending machines to buy red and black canvas satchels for employees to carry papers and show off their school’s colors.

Jake Heibel, principal at Great Mills High School, said he gave cards to employees and the school hosted a holiday party for staff and teachers had chances to win gift cards and poinsettias.

Heibel said some Great Mills classes were working with a local charity event organized by the business Mike’s Bikes to provide Christmas meals to hundreds of low-income families.

Jesse Yeatman