Roosevelt Middle School project feeds hungry
Roosevelt Middle School students packing meals at a Feed My Starving Children facility with food they collected. | Contributed photo
Updated: December 2, 2012 6:10AM
River Forest — Eighth grade students at Roosevelt Middle School not only learned about food-related social issues in school, they did something about them.
On Oct. 22, students collected 669 pounds of nonperishable food from the community and packed 27,596 meals for Feed My Starving Children that will be sent around the world.
“These efforts were the culmination of social studies, math and language arts projects, as well as service-learning lessons,” said Kathi O’Donnell, eighth grade team leader. As students discovered the process that moves issues to social problems, they addressed local needs by hosting a food drive to benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, to supply emergency food for those in need. O’Donnell added that, “Students learn the most when their life experiences go along with the curriculum.”
In addition to collecting food, 139 students, 10 teachers and 15 parent volunteers spent a collective 328 hours packing meals at a Feed My Starving Children facility, which will be sent to countries around the world.
For Halloween, students will ask their friends to donate unwanted candy for their cause.
For more information or to donate candy, contact Kathi O’Donnell at Roosevelt Middle School, (708) 366-9230, Ext. 8634.