Green Country students roll up their sleeves to feed the hungry

Bartlesville students pack more than 10,000 meals

BARTLESVILLE - Imagine not having food to eat every day, going to bed hungry with no promise of a meal in the morning.

When students at Wesleyan Christian School in Bartlesville found out this was a problem facing many children their age, they knew something needed to be done.

2NEWS anchor Deana Silk caught up with them making a difference in the lives of others.

It wasn't a typical school day, no textbooks or math lessons, instead a lesson of a different kind.

"We wanted an opportunity for our kids to really learn service in a big way," said Jan Boomer, director of development at Wesleyan Christian School. 

Three-hundred students from pre-kindergarten through high school each had a specific job.  The goal was to make 10,000 meals to send to Haiti and 1,500 meals for local families in need. 

Justin Tisdale, a junior at Wesleyan Christian, was more than happy to help.

"It's very hard to imagine, I've been overseas to some poor areas so I've seen it first hand, but as a personal experience it's almost impossible to really imagine," said Tisdale.

For months, students and staff raised money to buy ingredients -- a mixture of dry soy, veggies, vitamins and rice specifically put together by General Mills for spices suitable in Haiti.

The meals will be shipped to Haiti and distributed to orphanages and missionaries who work with children.  Each bag will feed a family of six.

"It's a really humbling experience to know that we're able to make a difference doing something so simple," said Tisdale. 

If you would like to help the students with other community and mission projects they're working on click here.

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