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Union County middle school students learn valuable lesson

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WAXHAW, NC (WBTV) -

Sometimes the most important lessons are learned hands on.

Students at Cuthbertson Middle School in Union County found that out in the days leading up to Thanksgiving as they worked to make sure families in need have food.

"It was great to see the joy in kids' faces as they packed food for hungry children and their families," said Suzanne Yoh of Kids Against Hunger Charlotte.

More than 100,000 supplemental food packages were put together over two days.

The idea sprang from a school-wide read of the book "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the World...One Child at a Time." 

The accuracy of the book by Greg Mortenson was called into questions, so the students also discussed issues of credibility.

The real focus though was on giving back and making a difference in the world.

The school partnered with Five Stones Church and Kids Against Hunger Charlotte to assemble the meals at school in the two days before Thanksgiving break.

12 sets of groups numbering a hundred students each, worked more than seven hours total to hit their goal of 100,000 meals.

"They will make an impact here in Charlotte at the Harvest Center and in Nicaragua with Samaritan's International of Waxhaw," said Yoh.

Kids Against Hunger Charlotte is a nonprofit.  It works with various organizations around the area. The organizations raise 15 cents per meal. They then lineup the volunteers and set-up the packing location.

Kids Against Hunger provides the supplies and logistics needed to get the food out to where it's needed. The group has sent more than a one million meals to Nicaragua alone.

"Every six seconds a child dies of hunger or hunger-related disease," said Yoh. "That means 14,000 children every day."

Thanks to the work by the kids at Cuthbertson Middle School many children will avoid such a tragedy.

Click here to learn more about Kids Against Hunger Charlotte.  Click here to watch a video of the of the project done at Cuthbertson Middle School.

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