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PLATTSMOUTH – Students at First Baptist School in Plattsmouth have a daily goal of making a difference in their community.

They were able to expand that vision to an international stage this past week with a major food-packing event.

FBS students spent May 7 packing and sealing more than 10,000 meals as part of their inaugural “Feed the Need” day. The school sent 1,500 meals to local food banks in Plattsmouth and Bellevue. The remaining 8,500 meals were shipped to Haiti to feed hungry orphans in villages across the country.

FBS representative Desire’ Dixon said she was thrilled with the way students reacted to the project. She felt they gained many valuable life lessons through their service to others.

“It’s been an amazing experience for the students,” Dixon said. “We talk a lot about helping others and how enriching that is, and this is a chance for them to get firsthand knowledge about that. I think it’s been great for them to be a part of something like this.”

FBS Principal Jesse Wicks said school officials decided to include the humanitarian project as part of one of their fund-raising events this year. The school contacted the charity group Feed the Need and learned how students could help pack meals for people. He said the decision to partner with the charity had been a positive one for everyone involved.

“I think everything’s gone really smoothly,” Wicks said. “We were able to raise enough money to make something like this possible, and the kids have loved every minute of it. They’ve had really positive attitudes about this because they know they’re helping others.”

Students and staff members arranged themselves around several tables in the school gym for the packing process. Some placed the nutritious mixture of food into bowls and bins and others weighed and separated it into bags. Others sealed the bags and then passed them to a receiving line of younger students. They then packed the bags into large boxes to send to locations both in Nebraska and Haiti.

Other students spent time making letters and signs to send to Haiti. The colorful items included messages of support and hope from the local students.

The event also helped the school raise funds for technology items, improvements for the school stage and remodeling of the lunchroom. Wicks said he and FBS students and staff were grateful for the help they have received from area citizens.

“We’re thankful for the type of support we have from the community,” Wicks said. “It’s through the generosity of others that we’re able to do something like this, and we’re glad that we have an opportunity to pass that generosity onto others.”

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