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Shelburne students raise hunger awareness

SHELBURNE The Heartworks Renaissance School in Shelburne hosted an art project for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. Students from the schools fourth to seventh grade classes learned about hunger in Vermont and the nutrition safety net, which includes nutrition education, federal programs such as school meals and the Food Stamp Program, and the emergency food system. The students created individual artwork based on what they had learned in the classroom. The resulting drawings, painting, and photographs have been made into note cards by the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. We were so excited to do this art project with the Renaissance School students, said Robert Dostis, executive director of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. It was great to see how the students took what they learned about hunger in our state and created some fantastic pieces of art. We are looking forward to using the cards what a wonderful way for these kids to show their support of our work, feeding our states hungry children. The Heartworks Renaissance School has continually demonstrated its commitment to helping solve the problem of hunger in Vermont, which affects over 19,000 children. The school also collaborated with the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger last fall, when students participated in the Hike for Hunger. During this event, students and teachers hiked more than two miles around Shelburne Farms and raised over $4,000 for the Campaign's efforts. The artwork of the Renaissance School students will be used in note cards by the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger for many years to come to educate others about hunger in our state. For more information on the contest, please call (802) 985-2153.

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