“We’ve got another box!” Christian May, a junior at North Hardin Classical School in Radcliff, would periodically announce Friday morning in the gymnasium of the school,

Each announcement by May was greeted by a loud cheer that filled the athletic space.

The boxes, which will be distributed to orphanages in Haiti, were filled with packages of food. By the end of the day, 84 boxes containing more than 20,000 meals were prepared to be shipped across the Caribbean.

“It feeds them for the whole school year, each one of these boxes,” May said.

Friday’s efforts were made possible through a partnership with The Champion Group, an organization that organizes fundraisers and food drives for schools in order to address tuition costs and other expenses. The organization also offers its services to PTA groups, band boosters, Greek life activities, sports clubs, ministries and charities.

The packing party was the culmination of a fundraising campaign known as “Feed the Need” with proceeds benefiting both Friday’s efforts and tuition costs at North Hardin Classical. Feed the Need is one of several fundraising events offered by The Champion Group. Packing materials, meal ingredients and event management are provided through the program.

This was the second Feed the Need event held at the school with a similar event taking place in 2018.

According to Josh Hardin, spiritual life administrator for the school, North Hardin Classical’s Feed the Need campaign took place throughout the course of six weeks. He said within three weeks, the $80,000 goal to cover the school’s tuition gap was met and he said as of Friday afternoon, about $97,000 had been raised.

Hardin said with this money, there are plans to invest in the school’s computer lab, pursue playground renovations, hire a part-time activities coordinator and add elective class options for high school students.

During Friday’s event, students were responsible for assembling the meal packages and preparing them for shipment. Each meal package contained rice, a protein, vegetable chips and other non-perishable food.

Makeshift assembly lines were formed on tables in the gymnasium to assemble the packages. Upperclassmen stayed in the gymnasium throughout the day to train rotating groups of younger students on how to properly assemble the packages.

Students in first grade and below were given tasks such as labeling packages and coloring boxes.

Shellie Washer, community outreach director at the school and member of the school’s Feed the Need team, said a video explaining the packaging process was shown to each homeroom Friday morning.

“It’s fun,” she said of the event. “It’s showing the kids how much joy there is in helping others.”

The boxes prepared Friday morning will be picked up Monday for shipment, Hardin said. He said the packing event exemplified the school’s motto for the year, “We should strive together.”

“This gave us the opportunity to have the mission of why we are created, which is to glorify God and serve others,” he said. “And that’s the mission of Feed the Need.”

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1413 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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