Mason Intermediate sixth graders on Team Venture participated in a recent service project to help Haiti's youth.
Thirty-three students, parents and teachers visited the Hands Against Hunger “Factory” in Sharonville on October 8 to help pack 137,568 meals to be sent to starving children in Haiti.
The mission of Hands Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children worldwide. The organization’s approach to achieving its goal includes the packing of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the United States and Canada, and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in more than 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide.
“Hands Against Hunger is a wonderful organization, and the amount of meals they provide is amazing,” said Team Venture teacher Dale Moberly. “I know this opportunity made an impact on my students, as well as starving children throughout the world.”
Students agreed that participating in this service project was worthwhile, even though it meant giving up free time on a Saturday morning. “When I heard of this opportunity, I was more than willing to help,” said sixth grade MI student Regina Sisk. “When we were finished, I truly felt like I had made a difference.”
“When I heard about this opportunity to actually help the children of Haiti, it really touched my heart. I really wanted to do it because it was so kind,” added Team Venture student Nina Centofanti.
This marks the tenth year for Team Venture’s community service program. Team Venture teachers created the group “Venture Out!” to provide students with service opportunities throughout the year.
“Each year, it is extremely rewarding to see students develop a heart for their community and helping those in need,” stated Moberly. “They discover that they benefit just as much or more than the recipients of their kind efforts. It’s exciting to see how many of our students participate in these service projects by the end of the year”
Team Venture students are also encouraged to create and complete their own random acts of kindness throughout the school year.