Tempe 4th-graders raising money to fight child hunger

Summer vacation is right around the corner and while most kids are excited to get time away from school, other children will go hungry instead.

Many children in the Valley don't know where their next meal will come from and rely on schools to provide free or reduced-cost meals.

A group of fourth-graders from Gethsemane Lutheran School in Tempe are working hard to try to help stamp out hunger.

"[We're doing it] For kids that don't get food in the summer because there's no school where they get their food," said Avery Simon, a fourth-grader at Gethsemane Lutheran School.

The students in Ms. Jennifer Dauscha's class have a pretty good idea how hunger must feel.

"I visualize them going home and then their parents telling them they don't have food for dinner," said fourth-grader Dylon Jones.

"It makes them tired and not have enough energy to play," fourth-grade student Eleanor Hull said.

"It can make them angry," fellow student Hailey Lamoureaux said. "They can't really control themselves, maybe."

The kids are hoping to raise $1,500 by the end of the school year. They've already put on a bake sale with plans to do a car wash. The money raised will go to help No Kid Hungry.

"[No Kid Hungry] turns every $10 into 100 meals," said Dauscha. "I think the coolest part through this process is the kids realizing that they have the power to do this. They're seeing that through their efforts -- not mine, but theirs. They can make a difference and raise this money."

The kids say they are more than halfway to their goal. If you would like to help, they've set up a fundraising campaign on the YouCaring Website at child-hunger.


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