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Appleton school field trip gives back to charity

Little Chute, Wis. (WFRV) - It may be the hunting season, but it's the season of giving as well.  With Thanksgiving and Chistmas just around the corner, 100 students from Xavier Middle School tried to make the most of the season by donating school time to charity at Feeding American of Eastern Wisconsin.

"It turned out to be way more fun that I thought," said Izzy Cerdon, 8th grader.

The kids scooped, bagged, and repacked cereal and pasta that was donated to the food bank, to be sent to local food pantrys and community members in need.

Teachers from Xavier say the Service Learning Progam at the school aims to teach students valuable lessons like working as a group, and the importance of serving others.

"It's just kind of a way for us to instill the desire and the need for service, and for all of us to chip in in our community," said 8th grade science teacher, Mrs. Chris Goulet.


"A lot of times they don't realize that their friends and neighbors are the people that are receiving this," said Liz Woolenberg, the volunteer coordinator for Feeding America. "What's really cool is that they come in a they see all the preparation and the time it takes to help out these people."

For students like Charlie Janu, he says, "My mom encourages me to go do service because she says it will make me a better person."

Today, Charlie and his friends were able to experience that first hand.  That's what this field trip was all about, a lesson in service to take with them for years to come.

To learn more or to donate to Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin, click here.


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