OMC 6th graders (from left) Morgan Warner, Jynae Clyburn, Keino Kinard, Brooks Ey and Maggie Amuso take a break between grilled cheese shifts. (Photo by Emily Vanneman)

OMC 6th graders (from left) Morgan Warner, Jynae Clyburn, Keino Kinard, Brooks Ey and Maggie Amuso take a break between grilled cheese shifts. (Photo by Emily Vanneman)

by Emily Vanneman

Our Mother of Consolation Parish School’s sixth grade class and the Chestnut Hill College “Feel Good” chapter joined forces to help end hunger through grilled cheese on April 28.

Feel Good is a nonprofit youth movement that aims to end world hunger by 2030. With chapters on 23 college campuses across the United States, Feel Good helps train students in social enterprise skills to raise money to wipe out world hunger.

With the motto “Ending world hunger, one grilled cheese at a time,” Feel Good uses a grilled cheese deli as a springboard in educating its members to become leaders in the fight against hunger.

For this particular event, the Feel Good chapter of Chestnut Hill College held a grilled cheese lunch at OMC. Each parent of a student at OMC could opt to pay for the grilled cheese lunch for his or her child, with proceeds going to the Hunger Project.

Colleen Amuso, director of advancement at OMC, stressed the idea that by allowing sixth grade students to participate in cooking the grilled cheeses and assembling the lunches, it developed a more hands-on approach to community service. Instead of collecting goods, the students experienced service at a different level.

“They were really excited at first, but then when I mentioned it to them again today a couple of them were a little nervous,” said Caroline Stutz, the sixth-grade homeroom teacher and upper-grade math teacher. “We got a great response [from the school].”

Stutz also commented on the Feel Good program as a whole and its responsibility in raising money for the Hunger Project.

“I think they’re great,” she said. “I got involved with them when I was at Chestnut Hill College. I thought it would be a great collaboration between the college and the school, all in the same town.”

The school hopes that the service experience will encourage the students of OMC to continue to volunteer and give back to their community.

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