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Fair Street students serve lunch to needy at area shelter

Field trip part of 'Classroom Champions' program

POSTED: November 22, 2013 11:31 p.m.

Fair Street School second-grader Abril Aragon, 7, hands a plate of food to Perry Barnett Friday afternoon for lunch at Good News At Noon. Aragon was joined by a host of Fair Street students visiting the shelter to help with the food service.

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Second-grade students from Fair Street School took a field trip Friday that was more about service than sightseeing.

“They’ve been so excited and looking forward to this trip,” said teacher Michelle Daily. “They’ve wanted to help out here in the community.”

The trip was to Good News at Noon, a Hall County ministry that distributes groceries, clothing and other supplies to homeless or low-income people in the area.

Students helped serve the daily lunch to the packed dining room.

“I’m here to change people’s lives and help them have a better life like me,” said second-grader Perswaysia Rucker.

Daily said several of her students had informed her they had eaten at Good News at Noon before, so they were excited to give back to their fellow community members and friends. Each student lined up and, when handed a tray, quickly served whoever was seated.

“Oh, it made me cry,” said Paula Charles as she ate her lunch. “I’ve been coming here for 13 years and I think it’s good.”

Charles said she had never seen such young children helping out at the ministry before.

“It’s precious,” she said. “It’s good to see.”

The community service trip was part of the student’s participation in Classroom Champions, a program which pairs classrooms up with Olympic athletes to receive motivational and inspirational messages. This year, Daily’s class is paired up with luge athlete Erin Hamlin, who engages with the students in video lessons and chats.

“Today we came here to pass out trays and say ‘We care about y’all,’” said student Priscilla Silvester. “And, we want to help ... because (some of them) have been sick and we want to pray with them and we want to cure them.”

Silvester said serving food made her feel “happy and shy,” and that she will help out again when she can.

“Because if we were poor and they were rich, they would help us too,” her classmate, Kimberly Manzo, pointed out.


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