Roosevelt Middle School turned Oct. 22 into a day of learning the importance of fighting hunger at home and around the world.
The school collected 669 pounds of nonperishable food to benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.
On the same day 139 students, 10 school staff and 15 parents packed 27,596 meals for Feed My Starving Children, a faith-based group that sends specifically formulated meals for malnourished children around the world.
The projects were organized by the eighth grade class at Roosevelt as the culmination of social studies, math and language arts projects, as well as service-learning lessons, said Kathi O'Donnell, the eighth grade team leader. "Students learn the most when their life experiences go along with the curriculum."
In addition, for Halloween, students will ask their friends to donate unwanted candy for their cause.