Nate Gustafson visited an orphanage in Uganda that works with orphaned street children. After visiting with the staff and interacting with the children in the program, he came back to the states with a quest. The mission only had the capability to feed the street children two days a week and were praying for a way to feed them a meal seven days a week.
Deephaven Elementary Leadership 2015
Today, the Deephaven Elementary Student Leadership group, 41 in all, enjoyed a picture-perfect day biking to Excelsior to pack meals for Kids Against Hunger. They were accompanied by Mr. Borgendale, Mr. Boberg, Ms. Whiteside and additional volunteers. On the way back to Deephaven, the fourth and fifth grade students stopped for a treat at Adele’s.
“It was really cool to know we were helping people,” shared one of the Student Leadership representatives. At the event, the students learned about the impact they were making on the lives of others. “We packed bags with soy, vegetables, chicken powder and rice. The whole meal is easy to digest,” another student added.
As the kids enjoyed their frozen custard, Principal Bryan McGinley and Superintendent Dennis Peterson arrived to congratulate the crew. “This was a well-deserved break!” said Principal McGinley after hearing that the students packed 9,288 meals in two hours.
The kids have been working together all year to serve the greater good. They ran the Toys for Tots drive, Pennies for Patients and an ICA Food Drive at Deephaven. As ambassadors, these volunteer student leaders are often asked to be part of the tour groups that lead visitors through the school.
“This was a multi-grade experience,” explained Mr. Borgendale, Fifth Grade Teacher and Student Leadership advisor. “It brings together students from fourth and fifth grades and from our English and Spanish Immersion classes.”
“I got a chance to meet people I didn’t know,” said one fifth grade girl, seated at a picnic table overflowing with kids who appeared to be lifelong friends. “Before today, I didn’t know her… or her…”
For Deephaven’s Student Leaders, this was the "spirit of community" at its best.
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