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Falcon red turns to orange on a fall Friday by: Allison Parkes Editor-in-Chief
“It’s a great way for the Cranston West community to assist people locally and worldwide suffering from hunger.”
The Hunger Awareness Club, founded by senior, Shilah McGuinness and advised by Ms. Feole, has started its first year as an extra-curricular club at West. McGuinness first thought of the idea when she saw a statistic saying 1 in 5 American children suffer from hunger.
The club has already begun helping the local community starting with the ‘Orange Out’ in September. September is national hunger awareness month and the color to symbolize it is orange.
In order to start the club, McGuinness had to go through a short process including asking Principal Barbieri for approval. Once approved McGuinness had to find a teacher advisor. She asked Ms. Feole who happily accepted the position. Ms. Feole explained that she loved community service and often completed hours with her kids which is the main reason why she accepted the position. The club now has over 30 members since its inception.
Upcoming fundraisers for the Hunger Awareness Club include a possible ‘can wars’ which will be like the Penny Wars fundraiser, but with canned food instead of spare change. “We are going to be making friendship bracelets for hunger awareness and will sell them to raise money for the food bank,” McGuinness adds.
During the ‘Orange Out’ fundraiser that took place, the club was able to raise a total of $400. The money raised was all donated “No child should have to worry about where their next meal to the Rhode Island Food Bank which can make a meal with a mere will come from. That’s why I started the Hunger Awareness Club at 25 cents. “We raised money for 1600 meals that day,” McGuinness West; to change the statistic,” McGuinness shared. shared excitedly.
If you are interested in joining the Hunger Awareness Club just stop by their meetings after school in Ms. Feole’s room every When asked why she joined, senior Michele Colangelo said, Monday.
Photos by West Wind staff Students pose in the lunchroom and classrooms to show off their orange outfits. Even a lot of teachers supported the cause (as shown in the middle picture)
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