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One Team. Big Impact. Rotolo Middle School XC

On Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, members of the girls and boys Rotolo Middle School cross country teams, their families, and coaches all came together at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Aurora, Ill., to help feed others globally. A total of 117 volunteers participated in this student-driven event. RMS cross country team captains and several of their teammates came up with the idea to do something locally to help globally. Once the idea crystalized, they all ran with it.

"This whole team service project has been in the works since the end of last year and finally became a reality," said Bridgett Schmitt, RMS Cross Country Coach and Science Teacher. "We opened this event up to all team members and their families and had a phenomenal response!"

RMS volunteers in the FMSC warehouse.

During their one-and-a-half hour shift together, RMS volunteers hand-packed "MannaPack Rice," which is one of three FMSC meal formulas developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition.

Photo courtesy of Feed My Starving Children.

Team RMS learned that their packed meals were being shipped to Nicaragua.

Working together brought on smiles. Lots and lots of smiles with every bag packed ...

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In the end, Team RMS packed 127 boxes, equaling 27,432 meals that can feed 75 kids for a year. "Seeing how much of an impact our team could make in 90 minutes was eye-opening," said Miss Schmitt.

Prior to the Feed My Starving Children event, both the girls and boys RMS cross country runners decided they wanted to raise money for FMSC and present any funds earned the night of the event. The girls team captains coordinated a bake sale at the school district's "5th-grade Cross Country Crosstown Classic" meet while the boys team held a change drive during RMS school lunches and in classrooms. Together, the RMS student athletes raised $216.74, which was presented via a check at the conclusion of the volunteer experience. Pretty cool!

Through this experience, RMS volunteers learned that hope really does start with food. The folks at FMSC firmly believe and continually prove that "food builds a solid foundation for communities to become strong and self-reliant."

Photo courtesy of Feed My Starving Children.

One team can make a BIG impact!

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