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Elementary students raise money, packaged food for hungry

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Bernie Elementary students were given a challenge to raise $1,000 and help feed the hungry in southeast Missouri. They raised $2,700 in three weeks instead.

Kindergarten through sixth grade students gathered as much money as they could, including dumping out there piggy banks and doing chores to come up with enough money.

Kindergartner Cane Hobgood said, "I did my chores at my house and made my bed and cleaned my room."

One fourth grade student wiped out his whole piggy bank of $491 and donated it for this cause.

"I really didn't think that we could get this much money but it's just awesome that we could do this," fifth grader John Nimmo said.

After weeks of raising money, fifth and sixth graders gathered together in their gym and worked together to package 19,230 bags of food.

"It's awesome to see how much we packaged," fifth grader Anna Eaton said.

Seventy-two students lined up around tables and each had a part in preparing these meals. Included in the meals were rice, soy, vegetables and a chicken flavored vitamin mix.

While packaging the product, students were dancing to music, laughing, socializing and working together.

Sixth grader Sarah Ellenburg said, "It's cool to know they (students) care about other people and just want what's best for them."

Hope International in Bernie paired up with the Bernie Elementary School to help package food and box it up to be distributed throughout Southeast Missouri for those who go without food.

Summer McGowan, Bernie Elementary counselor, chose to do this to help these students with their character development and to have the students take part in helping those others in need.

Gale Jordan with Hope International said these kids showed great enthusiasm and it was amazing seeing them work together and produce so much food for the surrounding area.

Jordan said that the food will be distributed to food banks and other agencies around the southeast Missouri area. Each bag of food costs less than 20 cents.

Students we talked with say they were surprised to know there were so many in our area that go hungry.

"It's really sad seeing those children that don't have any food," Joel Aycock said.

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