Over 250 students help 3rd annual Fort Serves

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Over 250 students help 3rd annual Fort Serves

Filling bags with  food, students help with the Feed the Funnel service project during the 3rd annual Fort Serves Day of Service. Students could help serve the community at eight different locations.

Filling bags with food, students help with the Feed the Funnel service project during the 3rd annual Fort Serves Day of Service. Students could help serve the community at eight different locations.

Filling bags with food, students help with the Feed the Funnel service project during the 3rd annual Fort Serves Day of Service. Students could help serve the community at eight different locations.

Filling bags with food, students help with the Feed the Funnel service project during the 3rd annual Fort Serves Day of Service. Students could help serve the community at eight different locations.

Story by Joel Huntebrinker, Reporter

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On Apr. 11, the Student Council ran Fort Serves, an annual community service event that has been operating for three years.There were over 250 students that helped with the event. Senior Allee Herman, one of the organizers of the event, believes that this was Fort Serve’s best year.

“I think this year was one of the most successful years that we’ve ever had,” Herman said. “All of the students loved going to the elementary schools, loved Baby Grace, loved going to Harvesters and Giving the Basics.”

There were eight sites: Art Matters, Baby Grace, Clothes Closet, Feed the Funnel, Giving the Basics. Harvesters, Lunch Lady for a Day, and School Helpers.

Art Matters was a special event for up to 30 art students who painted a mural for the Kansas City Zoo. The mural can be seen in the zoo’s preschool classroom. Junior Jade Calvert enjoyed signing up for the event and painting the mural.

“I was one of the first people who signed up and it was really fun when Ms. Meneses okayed me,” Calvert said. “She handpicked a couple of people. The mural had to be very brightly colored because it’s for a preschool class. They wanted giraffes and elephants that didn’t look like real animals.”

Baby Grace and the Clothes Closet helped organize clothes for the community. Baby Grace also cleaned Buckner Methodist Church. Students who volunteered for Giving the Basics of packaged hygiene products. Senior Megan Mann worked for that service event and liked helping people in need.

“They had the radio on while we packaged stuff like soap and toothbrushes,” Mann said. “I had a lot of fun. It’s nice to know I can help people with simple products like that.”

Feed the Funnel was the most populated event, with up to 60 people per period lasting all day long. Students helped package over 8,500 meals for the local food pantry. Students who went to the Harvesters event sorted and packaged food for the local Harvesters Warehouse in Kansas City.

School Helpers volunteered at Fire Prairie Upper Elementary and other Elementary schools across the school district. They read with students and assisted teachers with their classes.

Lunch Lady for a Day was canceled the day of the event. Student Council Advisor Fran Burnett feels disappointed that it was dropped.

“There weren’t enough people who signed up for it, so we had to cancel Lunch Lady for a Day, sadly,” Ms. Burnett said.

The day of service came with a free t-shirt and was open to all grades. In order to participate next year, you need permission from every teacher you have and will still be responsible for all missed work.

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