Oct 4th, 2013
LAKE WALES – Janie Howard Wilson Elementary students and staff focused on hunger relief in September as part of the Go Orange campaign and Hunger Awareness Month activities.
The school raised more than $150 for Feeding America ( www.feedingamerica.org ), the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. On Friday, Sept. 27, students and staff members were invited to donate $1 each for the chance to wear any orange shirt to school in support of the Go Orange campaign and Hunger Awareness Month.
Throughout the month, students also worked with the Lake Wales Care Center to collect and donate food for the local community food bank.
“Our students are so excited to be helping others, and want to encourage others,” said teacher Liz Anderson.
Amy Harris’ fourth graders wrote letters to Lake Wales Mayor Gene Fultz. In the letters, the students described what they were doing, and they asked the mayor to encourage the Lake Wales community to assist with hunger relief efforts.
Fourth grader Aaliya Heck wrote: “1 in 6 people are hungry. I want to help! I want to make a difference in Lake Wales!”
PHOTO #1: Third grader Zamya McBurrows poses with some of the food collected for the Lake Wales Care Center.
PHOTO #2: Some second graders who decided to “Go Orange” on Sept. 27 included (front l-r) Kimberlee Ross, Jose Lopez; (back l-r) Jamriya Story, Jada Heck, Zayne Colley, Nashanti Watt and Marissa Arevalo.