Magazine article Curriculum Review

Ohio Seventh Grader Collects Food So Classmates Won't Go Hungry over Spring Break

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Ohio Seventh Grader Collects Food So Classmates Won't Go Hungry over Spring Break

Article excerpt

When Josh Amspaugh read I Beat the Odds, by Miehael Oher--the book that inspired the feature film The Blind Side--it opened his eyes to a world he didn't know existed. In the book, which he read in English class, the author explained that the only meals he ate were the ones the school provided. Before reading Oher's autobiographical account of his difficult childhood spent in the foster care system. Josh admits he had no idea that some kids have nothing to eat outside of school.

He found it so hard to believe he went to his mom for confirmation. "My mom told me it was true that there are children who go without eating and that's when I realized they'd be hungry over spring break," the 13-year-old explained.

Shortly after the conversation. Josh got to work. The idea was to fill bags with non-perishable food they could take home and eat during the school recess. The initial goal was to fill 40 bags containing five days of food for lunch but the response from fellow students, corporate partners and community members was so great that each bag had enough food for lunches, breakfasts and even some dinners. …

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