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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Summer school class fights local hunger

  • Summer school at Rolla Middle School is usually all fun and games, but one class decided that it should be more.
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  • Summer school at Rolla Middle School is usually all fun and games, but one class decided that it should be more.
    Exploring Panem, a summer school class about the novel, “The Hunger Games,” changed the games from hunger to non-hunger.
    This summer school class, consisting of students entering sixth and seventh grade, conducted a food drive called Banish Hunger, Keep the Games.
    One student in the class explained, “We made announcements, made posters and went door-to-door every other day, counting every can that came our way. Having a food drive is definitely not easy work, but it was fun.”
    In the three weeks that the food drive was held, the students collected 1,285 food items to be donated to G.R.A.C.E. in Rolla.
    The class had a goal to collect at least 650 food items, and were 15 cans away from doubling their goal.
    To encourage participation in the food drive, the students of the class created a competition among all the other summer school classes, with the top three donating classes winning a class party.
    A student in the class said, “When we were going door-to-door to collect the cans, you just couldn't help but having that great feeling that you are helping people in need. We are very proud of everyone who donated cans.”
    In the end, the students realized how many people in the Rolla community are uncertain about where their next meal will come from and wanted to make a difference for those families.
    This summer school class has changed the game of summer school from play-time to community service and making a difference.
    A student summed up the experience as, “If I hadn’t been a part of this summer school class, I would feel that I missed out on the opportunity to help people in our community and all my friends were a part of something so amazing and I would have missed out on that experience.”

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