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ROSEBURG, Ore. – Students at a Roseburg Academy spent their morning packaging meals for hungry children both localy and abroad.  Students of all ages put on hairnets, gloves, and facemasks in prepration to give back. They prepared 10,000 meals for hungry kids in Haiti and Douglas County.“Anytime they have a chance to think about other people and to do something that is solely for the purpose of helping someone else, I think that’s a great opportunity,” said Brian Turner, the headmaster. The kids were more than excited to help out. Some went above and beyond.“I really like doing it because we as Americans we get to donate a lot of what we waste to people who actually need it,” said Skyla Stokes, a student.Stokes went on a local radio station to talk about Haiti and feed the need. Another student, Kyrra Tucker, stood up in front of her sunday school class to talk about the fundraiser.“When I did it, it was pretty exciting to get up and say and tell them about feed the need and how it’s going to help kids in Haiti,” Tucker said. The meals were filled with rice, a vitamin mix, vegetables, and protein. 8,500 of them will go to Haiti, while the rest will stay in Douglas County.The ingredients for all the meals prepared today were provided by General Mills.

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Posted: Feb 28, 2020 4:46 PM Posted By: Evita Garza
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Students filled each bag with rice, beans and other non-perishable proteins. Then, the students packed the bags into boxes.

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Kindergarten through 12th grade students from Geneva Academy packed 10,000 meals on Friday for their first-ever “Feed the Need” service project.Students filled each bag with rice, beans and other non-perishable proteins. Then, the students packed the bags into boxes.Organizers said one bag was equivalent to six meals.They said the boxes will be distributed to five different food pantries in Douglas County. They will also send a few boxes to food pantries overseas.Brian Turner, Geneva Academy’s headmaster, said they wanted to find a way for the students to give back, but they wanted it to be more unique than most fundraisers.“You may be familiar with a lot of fundraisers where students have to sell cookie dough or candy bars or something like that,” said Turner. “Instead of doing that, they’re doing a service project.” One student said his favorite part about packing was working with his classmates.“Well, it’s a lot of fun — it’s like a big team,” said Oliver Sommer, an eighth grader. “Or like a big machine where we get to work together.” Turner said the money used to buy all the supplies was fundraised by the students. He said the students asked friends, family and local businesses to sponsor them.

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 Pinto beans, freeze-dried vegetables, vitamins and rice were scooped into bags, weighed, sealed and then placed into boxes to be sent off to communities in need during Friday’s Feed the Need event at Geneva Academy.Students helped each step of the way. Some even folded the boxes and wrote the shipping labels, and included inspirational notes into each box as part of the fundraiser/service project for the school.

Geneva Academy’s school board chose to organize a serve-a-thon style fundraising event and will provide 10,000 meals for people in need. Instead of selling items, students reached out to community members for sponsorship in the service project. Kyrra and Alex Tucker asked their pastor if they could talk to him about the Feed the Need project, that served as both a fundraiser and service project for the students. “It’s a great thing to serve in this way,” said their mom, Jonica Tucker. “They went to an elder in the church and asked if they would donate.” Kyrra, a fifth grader, and Alex, a second grader, then spoke to their Sunday school class about the project and put up jars for a coin drive.“ The parents let Kyrra and Alex do all the talking and explaining,” said project coordinator Kellie Trenkle. Alex said he asked people to support him in donating the meals. The family raised a little more than $1,300 and the school has raised almost $55,000 toward its $75,000 goal, with another week of fundraising remaining.

“This endeavor was chosen for the heart impact it could have on the students,” Trenkle said. “This project allowed the parents to empower their kids to not just talk about a wreath or a raffle ticket, they’re selling, but to make an actual difference somewhere else in the world.” Trenkle said that 75% of families with children at the classical Christian school are working families and 25% receive tuition assistance.

“This project will have a triple impact,” Headmaster Brian Turner said. “It helps children in great difficulty, it helps Geneva students to grow in love and understanding and it helps our Academy continue to provide a classical Christian education.”

Turner said the idea for the project came from other Christian schools who had used the model and the school contacted the company to put on a project at the school. “The service project is the most important part of what’s happening here,” he said. “The children were looking forward to it.” The money will be used to expand the math and science programs and provide funds to hire additional faculty for the school. Geneva Academy expanded to a second campus at the beginning of the school year, with kindergarten through third grade at 3075 NW Witherspoon Ave., and the third through 12th grade at 2125 NE Vine Street campus.

Children worked alongside parents and pastors to help pack meals. Each time a box was filled with food packages the students would cheer, “G-E-N, E-V-A, Feed the need, today.”

A total of 1,500 meals will be distributed among Douglas County’s Salvation Army, FISH Food Pantry, Casa de Belen, Safe Haven Maternity Home and Roseburg Dream Center.Directors from all five of the organizations in Douglas County were invited to help package the meals. Tim Edmonson of the Roseburg Dream Center said it was a lot of fun to see the kids helping. “At the Dream Center it’s mostly older people, but it’s good that they learn to that younger,” Edmonson said. “It really goes to their Christian values and what it means to be a good Christian.” He explained that the packages will likely be distributed in food boxes to families, because they do require cooking which homeless people often do not have access to. In addition to donations being made to local food banks, a large shipment will also go to Haiti. Students in the lower graders learned all about Haiti before the event. Alex said he remembered that “they don’t have very much food.”

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