No Hunger Games: Students Giving Back
Published March 20th, 2014
GAINESVILLE - As the saying goes, "All I really need to know, I learned in kindergarten..." One school is trying to put that quote into action by teaching its students k through 12 to give back. The students themselves, decided to get involved after watching one of our stories on hunger. It's a lesson for the students in helping others.
Out of the classroom and into the real world-- One school is taking their lessons to heart. They're not the school of rock but Gainesville's very own Rock School.
And while they don't specialize in rock and roll, they do specialize in teaching their students morals, values and faith.
Jim Mckenzie the principal at the Rock School said, One of the things that is important for our school is to give our students service opportunities so that they can really understand how to make a difference in the community and we actually saw a story on TV20 about bread of the mighty food bank and we thought, what a great opportunity for us to do something to help our local community."
The administration at the school decided to play our No Hunger Games series for all students, K through 12. The reports which shed light to the situation of poverty in North Central Florida, made the students want to get involved.
16 students stepped off a white bus to hand deliver 16 hundred pounds of food, enough to feed a family of four for 60 days. One of those students was, Chaeli Norwood a 9th grader. "I know that most ads we see on TV are for people in other countries asking us to give money for them when in reality all around us there's people that are in need. So we really don't have to go far to help others," she said.
Loretta Griffis with the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank said, "A dollar would provide 7 meals and a meal is 1.3 pounds, if you bring two or three cans... You're going to make a couple of meals for somebody."
During their time here students put together boxes with different food items... Typically a box like this one of 50 pounds feeds a family of four, for 4 days.
Julie Nash another 9th grader said, "It's really humbling, because it's easy to take for granted all the things we have and you don't realize there are great ways to give back in our own community and I definitely wanted to do something about it."
They held a week long food drive that involved everyone, from pre-kindergarteners to seniors. "We decided that in order for us to meet our goal which was 2 thousand food items to collect for the organization, we decided that we needed the help of all of our students. So student council is just middle school and high school but we got the whole entire school involved. So our three hundred students, their goal was to get 5 canned goods from everyone... We were able to collect almost 100 percent participation," Susan Card a math teacher at the Rock said.
One student tells me she hopes the Rock School can serve as a model for other schools in the area. "I think it's really important for the younger generation to build leadership skills and character and it's just really important for us to take it upon ourselves to go and make a difference rather than just waiting for people who we think are more experienced to do it," Danielle Rhome a 10th grader said.
The Rock School will continue hosting food drives throughout the year and those involved in Student Council plan to volunteer here once a month. "I believe this is what god called us to do... He told us to be servants to people and by doing this I feel like not only are we representing him, we're representing our name at the school-- we're representing the school's name,” Noah Wilburn a 9th grader said.
Sometimes you think you're learning math. "What is the slope here? Y Intercept.” But the real lesson is life.
- No Hunger Game Part 1, The Bread Of The Mighty Food Bank
- No Hunger Games: Mobile Pantries
- No Hunger Games: Empty Bowls, Kids Gain By Giving Back
- No Hunger Game Part 2, The Faces Of Those Who Help
- No Hunger Game Part 3, The Faces Of Those In Need
- Food Banks Raise Awareness for National Hunger Action Month
- Helping The Hungry During Holidays
- Bread of the Mighty Food Bank to Hold First Fundraiser in 25 years
- Food Banks May Not Have Enough For Thanksgiving
- Third Annual Empty Bowls Event Fighting Hunger in North Central Florida