Eight Wildwood Middle
student council members worked like a finely tuned machine in the Got Your Back Pack (GYBP) room at Fairway Elementary
Splitting up into teams of two, the students arranged the 10 to 11 food items needed for each bag into an array of 40 bundles, then double-bagged each bundle so it would be ready for distribution to students in need around Rockwood School District.
In a little more than an hour, the Wildwood students prepared 160 bags. That beat their previous record of 150 from two weeks prior, when the group of volunteers numbered almost twice as many. This time, mandatory orchestra rehearsal cut into their corps.
"They move quickly, they're organized. It's really quite impressive," said Katharine Sellenriek, FACS teacher at Wildwood and the school's student council sponsor.
The GYBP headquarters at Fairway contains shelves of food items that are easy to open, simple to prepare and can accommodate a variety of living circumstances. Each week, volunteers pack at least 100 bags that district students who are homeless can take with them for the weekend.
The most recent Wildwood student council packing party consisted of Abby and Ethan Beyrouty, Audrey Keller, Mylania McIntyre, Lucie Ortinau, Alifiya Shakeel, Nathan Smythe and Adeline Stephens. Wildwood students helped out at GYBP once last year and twice this semester.
"They look happy when they're here. They say it's fun to do it, and they want to come more," Sellenriek said. "I said we would come back in the spring, and they said, 'Well, we can come every other week.' They're just that enthusiastic. I have a great bunch of kids. This group is unbelievably self-motivated. They're leaders and just want to help all the time.
"Whenever I ask who wants to volunteer, I get at least 15 hands up in the air. Whatever the activity is, I get more help than I need."
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