A grant from the Rotary Club of Tryon Foundation will help students at Polk County High School “Rise Against Hunger”. On March 23rd, more than 50 high school students in the Health Occupation Student Association, the Rotary Interact Club, and the Kiwanis Key Club will spend their Saturday morning packing food to help students around the world.
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable. The organization seeks out volunteer groups as the labor to package food bags that will be shipped to needy communities outside of the United States. Pam Arrowood, Polk County High School health occupation teacher and sponsor for this year’s event, worked with the students to choose this organization because the “meals go to schools around the world”.
Arrowood believes this event is important because “the students learn how actions they take in their local community can have an impact in a community halfway around the world”. In preparing for the event, students learned that parents in many needy communities send their children to school just so they can get the meals provided by Rise Against Hunger. While in school, the students get the meals, but they also get an education that will help them break the cycle of poverty. The students get “help up” instead of “help out”.
The Rotary Club of Tryon is sponsoring this event to help our high school students become People of Action. To learn more about the Rotary Club visit www.rotarycluboftryon.com