Worthington News

'Backward hunger line'

Effort helps food pantry, draws awareness to hunger

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If you see a group of sixth-graders walking from Colonial Hills Elementary School to the Worthington Food Pantry on May 7, give them a hand.

Better yet, give them some food.

The students will take part in a "backward hunger line," a service-learning project designed to help the food pantry while raising awareness of hunger in the community.

Along with their teachers, Michele Puckett and Chris Leonard, the students will walk to the Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry, 445 E. Granville Road.

Prior to the walk, they will distribute fliers and invitations they have created to invite neighbors along the walking route to join them or leave donations on their doorsteps that day.

Upon arrival at the pantry, they will learn about the food pantry from the pantry coordinator, sort and check in items, check dates and then walk back to school.

Other central Ohio schools will do this same activity. Colonial Hills sixth-graders were invited by Jones Middle School sixth-graders in Upper Arlington to try the backward hunger line.

Colonial Hills is part of the "Growing Together" service-learning network.

The network comprises 27 schools from 10 districts, 15 community agencies, 30 AmeriCorps service-learning fellows and the group, Partnerships Make A Difference.

"Growing Together" goals are to support significant school improvement and reform, enhance student success, increase the number of civically engaged youth and address critical local and global issues and needs through the expansion of school-based service learning.

Colonial Hills' goal is for students to learn through service at each grade level.

The school has a service partnership with the Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry through which it has done several projects this year.

Besides food drives, the students have collected toothbrushes and toothpaste for the pantry and have made green bean casserole kits for holiday food giveaways.

Other service-learning projects for the 2012-13 school year include a campus cleanup, Pennies For Patients, a flashlight drive for the homeless shelter and a book drive for Children's Hospital.

Students also prepared new student welcome bags and sent soldier packs to overseas forces.

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