Murphysboro Middle School Holds 'Hunger Games' for Charity
MURPHYSBORO -- Students at Murphysboro Middle School are participating in their own version of the Hunger Games to benefit the community's food pantry.
"We asked for a $3 donation to play. Those that didn't have the $3 could bring canned goods. Or if they didn't have that even, we put them on the list," explains pantry volunteer Jane Williams.
Wlliams says the school has been helping the pantry since October.
"We're thankful to get this and we're thankful that the kids are getting to be involved in understanding the need and helping fill the need," she says.
The pantry supplies food for 600 to 700 families a month. The kids have rounded up more than 2000 canned goods in just over a week. Williams hopes the students learn to be empathetic towards those less fortunate.
"One in four of their classmates are probably using our food pantry. And so they need to understand their are those that don't have maybe as much as they do," says Williams.
It's a lesson that some students have already grasped.
"As we grow older people will still need food. And we would like to think that all the kids here, that learned things, will incorporate that in their daily lives," says eighth grader Jackson Knope.
For Meghan Degler, the opportunity to give, makes her feel more mature.
"It makes me feel responsiblem," says Degler.
"There is always a way that they can help. The volunteerism idea starts early and stays with them. And they learn to have that good feeling, that they can make a difference," says Williams.
The students collected almost $1,000 for the panty. A great way to end the semester.
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