Watertown Students Fight Hunger

Watertown Students Fight Hunger

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It was a different type of field trip Thursday for dozens of sixth graders at Wiley Intermediate School.  Students held boxes filled with canned goods as they hopped on the bus. 

Their destination? Blessing boxes - 13 of them - all over Watertown.

"When people saw us, I hope that we inspired them to help our community with the food blessing boxes because in my opinion our community is like a whole family, so we help one another," said Neicia Smith, student.

"It makes you feel really good when you get to do something to help out your community," said Hannah Eldridge, student.

Blessing boxes are in front yards all over Jefferson County. The idea is to take something if you need it or donate if you can. 

Judy VanNostrand's class started their project back in February and was able to get other 6th grade classes involved too. Together they collected 228 food items to help fill the boxes up.

"A lot of them were empty some of them had like a couple cans in them but not much," said Maria Williams, student. 

"The kids did the work on this. I got to sit back and just guide. It was nice," said VanNostrand.

First Student even helped out by donating a bus for the project. The bus's last stop of the day was Roman Espinoza's house. Roman started blessing boxes in Jefferson County after he saw the idea on TV. 

"What a great job the kids are doing. They've really wrapped their arms around this blessing box project," he said. 

A class making a difference in Watertown one canned good at a time.

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