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Fourth graders step up to fight hunger

RONAN – A group of fourth-grade students at K. William Harvey Elementary gathered a hefty 326 pounds of food to help people in need as part of their leadership project.

“You should have seen the teacher’s room where we stored the food,” said student Loren Olson, 9. “It was filled with so many cans.”

The leadership students collected donations from fellow students in all grades for two weeks and then packed the items into boxes. They had a few adults deliver the food to the Ronan Food Pantry, which is a food bank that has served families since 1987. The students walked to the Food Pantry on Friday afternoon to unpack the vehicles and deliver the much-needed donations. 

Food pantry volunteer Kris Meli thanked the students. “You should be so proud of yourselves. This is so wonderful,” Meli said. “We always need donations, and this is marvelous that you’ve brought these things in.”  

April Uhrich, 9, said the students brought in things like fruits, vegetables, breadcrumbs and oatmeal. “We collected it together and carried it in here,” she said. “It was a lot of work, but it’s good.” 

The leadership group is comprised of a select group of students who signed up for the project. “As fourth graders, they are the leaders in the elementary school and act as role models,” said teacher Alicia Hakes. “And they are getting out and helping the community.” 

The students working in this project included: April Uhrich, 9; Loren Olson, 9; Eternity Vincent, 10; William Normandeau, 10; Emily Skare, 9; Jaida Camel, 10; Hurley Victor, 9; and Aubrey Krell, 10.     

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