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Junaluska Elementary School students fight hunger one bag of rice at a time

Students in one Haywood County school are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week with food. They're thinking global, and so are the rest of the students and community volunteers at Junaluska Elementary School. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Students in one Haywood County school are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week with food. They're thinking global, and so are the rest of the students and community volunteers at Junaluska Elementary School.

They turned the gym into an assembly line for packaging food that will be sent to developing countries through the School Feeding program. Some 10 percent of the food will stay in the United States for natural disasters.

Teachers said they want the students to be aware of the need for food around the world and know that everyone can make a difference -- no matter how big or how small.

"In less than two hours we packed 15,000 meals, over actually, and it felt really great," fifth-grader Meredith said.

"It can be like one person, like you help an old lady across the street with her grocery bag. She may feel the urge to do something kind for someone else," fourth-grader Amos said..

Students raised $2,500 and local churches, organizations and agencies provided additional funds to pay for the food.

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