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Serving the greater good

MNW NHS seniors help feed starving children, form bonds during trip

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Manson Northwest Webster National Honor Society seniors Elisa Macek, Cael Collins, Trinity Johnson, Amber Dangelser and Aleksandria Aljets help pack meals recently for Feed My Starving Children. Twelve MNW students took part in the event in Minnesota.

MANSON — Recently, senior members of the Manson Northwest Webster National Honor Society did their part to help those in need.

Twelve members traveled to Bloomington, Minnesota, to pack meals at Feed My Starving Children. The service trip was open to senior National Honor Society members under the advisement of Audrey Nannenga.

“Working side by side with students during this meal packing event means so much to me,” Nannenga said. “These students are some of the biggest leaders within our school and participate in so many activities throughout the year. They are always willing to give to others.

“More importantly, I hope this continues to spark an interest in servant leadership and that they continue to find opportunities to give their time and talents as they go off to college and live in new communities.”

Trinity Johnson was able to recognize the importance of the trip because it “allowed me to do something for other people who actually need it.”

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Senior National Honor Society students from Manson Northwest Webster helped pack meals for Feed My Starving Children during a service trip to Minnesota. The group packed over 12,000 meals.

“I was used to doing stuff for my own community, but it’s good to know those other people who I wouldn’t usually be able to help get what they needed,” he said. “I thought it was rewarding to see how many meals we made and be able to bond more with the other students I worked with.”

For Emma Larsen, the adventure was important for two reasons.

“First, having a senior trip like this is a great opportunity. We all have been looking forward to spending time together and getting to make these memories before we graduate,” she said. “Second, being able to serve at Feed My Starving Children was super cool. I have served there before, but getting to work alongside some of my classmates and have fun together was definitely one of my favorite memories. The service part was by far the most rewarding aspect of the trip, but quality time as a group was really important and valuable, too.”

Nannenga said the trip “allows senior National Honor Society students to serve people outside of their community.”

“It also celebrates students’ success in scholarship, character, leadership and service throughout their high school career,” she said. “This service project was chosen because of its outreach to those in need within the United States and worldwide. Students have participated in meal packing events previously and have always enjoyed being able to help others through this process.”

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Senior National Honor Society students from Manson Northwest Webster Emma Larsen, Mackinzie Fahey, Tate Bianchi and Sean Peters help pack meals for Feed My Starving Children in Minnesota recently.

Along with members of the community, the crew packed 12,312 meals, which are enough to feed 34 children for an entire year.

“The trip was important to me because I look forward to helping others in need,” Amber Dangelser said. “This was my first time participating in Feed My Starving Children. The experience was very rewarding as we were able to make a huge impact on families across the country in just two hours of volunteering.

“The NHS trip was a great way to spend time with senior classmates before graduating in a couple of months.”

Along with Johnson, Larsen and Dangelser, Aleksandria Aljets, Tate Bianchi, Cael Collins, Paige Condon, Mackinzie Fahey, Aubrey Jorgensen, Elisa Macek, Sean Peters and Kaitlyn Youngdale also took part in the trip.

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