MARSHALL - Students at Marshall Middle School donned hair nets and went to work Friday packing an estimated 90,000 meals for starving children around the world.
During the food packaging event, students worked together with teachers and Sunrise Rotary members on an assembly line to measure, weigh and seal bags of a nutritious rice-soy mix.
"Each of them will have a job to do, and the food will be packaged and boxed," Sunrise Rotary Club member Eric Luther said. "We hope to work side-by-side with the students to teach them a little about community service."
Marshall Middle School students were put to work Friday
This marks the third year Marshall Middle School students have partnered with the Sunrise Rotary Club to package food for the fundraiser. A portion of the bags go to local food shelves, but the majority goes to feed those starving in third-world countries and to help those struck by natural disasters.
"We are thinking about all the kids in Haiti while we are doing it," fifth-grader Meagan Kronkey said. "They need food in areas that got hit by earthquakes and hurricanes."
Foods for Kids, formally called Kids Against Hunger, is an international organization dedicated to providing food to children in need throughout the world. In each of the last two years, students at the Marshall Middle School packaged approximately 93,000 bags, with each bag able to serve about six children.
Photo by Phillip Bock
Students at Marshall Middle School filled the gym Friday as they filled bags with a rice-soy mix — food that will be delivered to local food shelves and overseas.
"You get a warm feeling inside that you actually get to help people," seventh-grader Shannyn Chesley said. "Last year we made so many bags we got to feed a lot of people."
Students at the school have been holding fundraisers since the beginning of the school year to raise money for Food for Kids. This year, students donated directly by holding a hat day and iPod day at the school. During hat day students donated $1 for the privilege of wearing a hat for the day.
"To be honest I wouldn't really do it if it wasn't for Kids Against Hunger," Chesley said of hat day. "It sounded like a dumb idea, but when you do it, it gives you a good feeling that you're actually helping."
According to principal Mary Kay Thomas, iPod day proved to be a very successful fundraising endeavor.
Students donated $2 to listen to iPods during class, raising over $300 in a single day.
"They'll do anything to get their ipods in the classrooms," Thomas said.
On Friday, each grade took about an hour off from classes to participate in packing the meals.
"They love this day," Thomas said. "Some of it is they get to get out of class and do something much more social, but ultimately I think they really have a good concept that they are helping those more needy than us at Marshall Middle School."