Greenville High class project raises awareness for poverty


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:49 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2012

For their senior project, a group of girls at Greenville High School is working to raise awareness of poverty in Greenville. Pictured from left to right are Courtney Clements, Katie Czanderna, Tori Sanders, Nicole Korgnan and Shelby Jenks. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — A group of Greenville High School students are trying to make a different through a poverty project.

For their senior project, a group of girls were going to raise awareness of poverty in the United States, but then they found how many people are suffering in their own hometown.

“This project is close to our hearts,” said Katie Czanderna.

While doing research, the girls found there are 200 families who rely on the Hands of Jesus Food Pantry in Greenville just to survive.

“We want to find a solution to make a difference in their lives,” said Shelby Jenks.

The group went to the Hands of Jesus Food Pantry to learn about poverty in Greenville and what people need.
“It opened our eyes,” Jenks said.

Czanderna said the shelves were almost empty. Students were shocked to find out how little food each family was allowed to get to last them a week.

“It broke our hearts,” she said.

Tori Sanders said the project idea was to shed light on poverty in general, but students did not realize how bad poverty was locally. The girls now have a goal to raise $1,000 for the Hands of Jesus Food Pantry.

For more information, write to Hands of Jesus Food Pantry, P.O. Box 244 Gowen, Mich. 49326.

A box is also available at The Daily News at 109 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville to collect nonperishable food items for the Hands of Jesus Food Pantry.

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