Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School students are giving back to children living halfway across the world.
The school’s cafeteria transformed into a workstation for students to weigh, package and ship meals to children in Lesotho in Southern Africa.
“I told some of my students about an initiative where we can help feed hungry children and families in Africa, and they were instantly on board,” school counselor, Melissa Homan, said.
More than 60 students participated in the food distribution program. M.O.R.E. and Girls to Women members, and student-athletes worked in partnership with the Anthony Muñoz Foundation to pack 10,000 meals during the after-school volunteer event.
“They seem really fired up and are showing up in great numbers. I love to see lots of young people wanting to come out and help others,” Scott Rosenberg, professor at Wittenberg University and Lesotho Nutrition Initiative President, said. “When I told them they were going to pack 10,000 meals, they were taken aback by it, and then they do it and they’re going to realize the impact they can make on their communities.”
Students were inspired to take on the community service project after the Anthony Muñoz Foundation's Youth Leadership Seminar earlier this school year.
“It allows us to make a big impact on the world,” Ronald Cutts, Taft senior, student-athlete and M.O.R.E. member, said. “All of these programs help you develop as a person and when you surround yourself with great people, you become a great person.”