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Elementary school helps pantrySubmitted: 03/13/2014
Story By Matt Brooks

Elementary school helps pantry
ST. GERMAIN - One school in Vilas County created special food donations to help their community.

3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from St. Germain Elementary School participated in a program called "Warm the Heart".

The children participating measured out and packaged soup portions.

The program uses a blend of both community service as well as math to teach the kids about helping the community.

"I was looking to involve our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in community service and I had a recipe that was a soup-base that's pretty easy to make," said 3rd Grade Teacher Holly Geiger. "I thought if we made soup bases and donated that to the Vilas County Food Pantry, that would be a great service to the community."

The kids use basic math to measure out the portions as well as the tie to secure the bag.

Since the program started, the kids have produced nearly 200 soup donations.

"We measured out the ingredients and put it in a big bin and the kids will measure and put it in the bag, then go down an assembly line and make the bags," said Geiger. "Then they'll put the tie together, put the quotes, put the recipe on and finish it off that way."

The "Warm the Heart" project began in 2013 making this the second time the children helped make the donations.

Around 50 students participated in creating the expressive donations.

The school hopes to continue the project for many years to come and get more schools in the district involved.


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