I received a call Monday morning from an RVMS student named Jazmine who wanted to talk with me about a project she and her fellow middle school students are doing....

I received a call Monday morning from an RVMS student named Jazmine who wanted to talk with me about a project she and her fellow middle school students are doing.
“We’re collecting for the food shelf,” she explained, adding as of earlier this week the students had raised $150.
The students also planned a food drive for this week in the hopes of collecting 1,000 pounds of non-perishable items for the Redwood Area Food Shelf on top of the goal of $500.
What Jazmine requested of me was to get the word out to you in the hopes you would support their efforts by making your own donations. The project continues through the end of the school day tomorrow, and I want to encourage you to get involved by dropping off your food shelf items or cash donations in the RVMS office.
After my conversation with Jazmine, I was also contacted by Andy Regnier, RVMS social studies teacher, who gave me a little more background behind the middle school project.
As part of the eighth-grade social studies curriculum, there is a component about civics and the rights and responsibilities of being citizens of this country.
As part of their studies, students developed a mission statement that reflects their understanding of civic duty.
“As a class, we understand the importance of being American citizens. We have many rights that people in other countries around the world do not have.  With those rights, come responsibilities. One of our responsibilities is to give back to the communities in which we live. It is our civic duty to take care of each other. Our class is choosing to not only talk about these values, but act on them.
“Our class has decided that we’d like to donate our time and energy to the Redwood Area Food Shelf. The people there are just regular people needing a little help.  They’re part of this community, our neighbors.
“Our class goal is to raise $500 to donate to the food shelter.  We will also collect non-perishable food items to donate.  We are hoping to reach our goal of 1,000 pounds of food items by April 5, 2013.  We hope that this will at least help some people that are in need.”
So, parents if you see your children looking through the cupboards and asking “if you really need” some of those items, know they are just looking to do their part for their community.
I was very impressed with the young lady I spoke to on the phone and with what I read.
I hope you are, too, and are willing to do something about it. Support our kids in their efforts to understand the value in giving back and support the good work of the food shelf through your donations this week.

If you were not able to attend the ministerial association’s Good Friday service, you missed out on hearing from a guy in town who has continued to impress me each time I hear from or talk with him.
When Nancy Haapoja retired from Youth for Christ, I could not imagine anyone coming into that position and having the ability to fill her shoes.
I want to say Chris Schmitz is certainly doing a great job. If you have never met Chris I want to encourage you to do so.
The opportunity to meet him can take place April 12 when the annual Youth for Christ banquet is being held. Find out more by giving Chris a call at the Youth for Christ office at (507) 637-8140.