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  • Students turn mobile food pantry into classroom

  • Hundreds of families received food from the Lighthouse Mission Mobile Food Pantry on Friday. Almost 70 volunteers made the April food pantry a success including a group of students from Osage Beach Elementary.
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  • Hundreds of families received food from the Lighthouse Mission Mobile Food Pantry on Friday. Almost 70 volunteers made the April food pantry a success including a group of students from Osage Beach Elementary.
    Fourth grade student Christopher Fincher explained what he and his classmates did at the mobile food pantry, "Just helping the community and helping people."
    Students gathered boxes, broke them down and put them in a trailer for recycling.
    "I felt pretty good helping others," Fincher said. "One of our habits is being proactive so that would be like teamwork. All my friends here are just helping out. We are all leaders."
    The habits Fincher alluded to is a part of the Leader in Me program that is implemented in everyday learning at Osage Beach Elementary. Outings like the one on Friday teaches students how to be leaders by giving back to their community.  
    "We are helping our community and we are packing boxes so that people can get their food in their cars," fourth grader Izzy Kendrick said. "Because there are so many people out here today and we get to help and it's fun. I'm learning that you can help a lot and you can do other things rather than sitting in your chair at your house."
    For Pre-Kindergarten student Andy Heikes, his favorite habit is being proactive which he used when helping at the food pantry.
    "It means helping," Heikes said.  
    The Leader in Me has been fully implemented in Osage Beach Elementary and Hurricane Deck Elementary for two years.
    Fincher explains how he feels the program has had a positive impact on his school.
    "It's actually helped a lot of people. Everyone is being nice to each other. Everyone is helping each other," he said. "It helps you learn how to help people with other things. We are helping people get food that can't afford it. I count that as learning."
    A total of 1,181 individuals were served during the April food pantry with approximately 21,256 pounds of food passed out.

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