Mason Sixth-graders help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

Mason Sixth-graders help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims
Posted on 11/16/2017

Mason Sixth-graders help Puerto Rico Hurricane VictimsFor Mason Intermediate sixth-graders on Team Venture, participating in a recent service project meant helping with the recent hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.  Twenty-five students, parents, and teachers visited the Hands Against Hunger factory in Sharonville last month to help pack 151,200 meals that will be sent to Puerto Rico.

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 residents in Puerto Rico.” 

Students agreed that participating in this service project was worthwhile, even though it meant giving up free time on aSaturday morning. “I thought it was really fun to help the people of Puerto Rico. In fact, I want to go back again. It made me feel really good to know that I helped so many people,” said Team Venture student Olivia Hastings.

“I really wanted to Hands against Hunger because I am from Ethiopia and I understand how much they suffer.  Hands against hunger helps them out.  It was a really great experience,” stated Team Venture student Ethiopia Jegol

This marks the eleventh year for Team Venture’s community service program. Team Venture teachers created the group “Venture Out!” to provide students with service opportunities, at least once a month,  throughout the year. 

“Each year, it is extremely rewarding to see students develop a heart for their community and helping those in need.  They discover that they benefit just as much or more than the recipients of their kind efforts,” stated Moberly.

Team Venture students are also encouraged to create and complete their own random acts of kindness throughout the school year.

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