Students at Rockford Christian School learned that hunger isn’t a problem only in far away places. Working with Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids, the students raised in donations and food, a total value of $1,650, an amount which will feed eleven students after-school meals for a year. On Wednesday, May 19, the students released 11 butterflies representing the 11 children released from hunger. Kids Food Basket was founded by a teacher in Grand Rapids who saw kindergarten students picking through a dumpster after school. She asked them what they were doing and they said there was no food at their home. Third grade teacher Becky Werden said, “The children learned that kids can be hungry right in our own neighborhoods and community. We are always more blessed by doing projects like this.”
Kids Food Basket
Over 100 Rockford Girl Scouts, leaders and parents gathered together at Our Lady of Consolation (OLC) to celebrate the 84th Annual World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Thinking Day on Saturday, Feb. 27. This special day is celebrated around the world as Girl Scouts and Girl Guides set aside time to think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their “sister” Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. The World Thinking Day theme for 2010 was girls worldwide saying, “Together we can end extreme poverty and hunger,” with an aim to raise awareness and improve the lives of the poorest people in the world. The Rockford Scouts concentrated their efforts by collecting food items for the North Kent Service Center and Kids Food Basket (KFB), a Grand Rapids-based agency that provides 1,500 sack dinners to nutritionally challenged students in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Each school that participates in the KFB program has an enrollment of 80% or more families that are classified at the federal poverty income level. In this by-girls-for-girls event, Junior Scouts presented information to their younger Daisy and Brownie Scout sisters on five different WAGGGS member countries: Finland, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland and Russia. With “passports” in hand, the younger girls “traveled around the world” to visit each booth. At each stop in their trip, the girls learned about the country they were visiting through stories, crafts, games, dance and food.