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Field Middle School 8th Grade Service Project Sponsored with "Feed My Starving Children" Non-Profit

Field Middle School eighth graders packaged approximately 50,000 meals for children in Haiti and Zimbabwe in a service learning project with the “Feed My Starving Children” non-profit organization at the charity’s Aurora warehouse in mid-December.

“Our students have been reading books and discussing human rights themes in their Integrated Language Arts (ILA) and Social Studies classes, and this project gave them the opportunity to expand that learning by getting involved and doing something to help children from around the world,” commented Nancy Kim, Field ILA teacher who coordinated the class project for the students.

The students worked in teams for two-hour shifts measuring ingredients including rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein and vegetarian chicken flavoring with vitamins and minerals. These ingredients were sealed in plastic bags and packaged for shipment to Haiti and Zimbabwe. In these countries the meals are prepared by mixing the packet ingredients with boiling water. These meals are credited with saving the lives of severely malnourished and starving children, and also improving the health, growth and physical well-being of children who are no longer in immediate danger.

In addition to their volunteer efforts, the students also sponsored fundraisers including the bagel bar and bake sales for “Feed My Starving Children” and donated $853 to help with the organization’s food distribution costs.

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