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A group of 25 students from the Fridley Moore Lake Area Learning Center’s World Hunger class made a global difference on November 20, 2019. The group packed 142 boxes of nutritious meals at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids to be shipped to famished children in Haiti.
Beginning last school year, the ALC introduced four three-week classes in its English program: World Hunger, US Hunger, Local Hunger, and Hunger and Science. The classes include field trips to visit humanitarian organizations, such as The Sheridan Story and Feed My Starving Children, where students can learn more about nonprofit organizations, tour the facilities, and learn about the various efforts that provide sustainable solutions. In addition, the students take part in volunteer activities to support the mission of the respective groups.
Teacher Jennifer Pearson accompanied the Fridley group and noted how the experience translated well to Fridley’s International Baccalaureate World Schools theme of global awareness.
“The students were excited about the international connection with Uganda and Haiti,” said Pearson. “They were all smiles and respectful of the mission to help others.”
The food packed will feed 84 children for a year.
“There are a lot of starving kids in the world,” said student Alexis Kretzmann-Williams. “In a little amount of time, we were able to pack a lot of food to feed children, and that’s cool.”
“Be thankful for what you have,” said Anas Ali, who felt the experience tied into the season well.
For student Xena Romero, the work gave her an opportunity to make a difference in what she has seen first-hand in her travels.
“My family is from Ecuador, which is generally a poor country. I have visited there and seen the kids without shoes,” she said. “I was able to pack 800 pounds of food to help other children. It was very rewarding.”
The trip was funded by a grant from the Fridley Schools Foundation, which covered the cost of transportation to Feed My Starving Children.