Schools join forces, fight hunger

SHELBURNE Many Champlain Valley schools are joining forces with schools statewide to participate in the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hungers annual Hike for Hunger event. October is Hike for Hunger month and over 30 Vermont schools will be hiking on various days and locations throughout the month to raise money and awareness for hunger and nutrition issues facing thousands of Vermonts children. Participating Champlain Valley schools include: Bellwether School in Williston, Brewster Pierce Elementary School in Huntington, Champlain Elementary School in Burlington, Charlotte Central School, Ferrisburgh Central School, Flynn Elementary School in Burlington, Orchard Elementary School in South Burlington, Heartworks Renaissance School in Shelburne, Robinson School in Starksboro, Rock Point School in Burlington, and Williston Central School. Their Hikes for Hunger will include hiking to the summit of Mt. Philo, to exploring the trails of Rokeby Museum and Catamount Family Center, to marching through their neighborhoods and to the top of the Ethan Allen tower in Burlington. The success of our Hike for Hunger event is three-fold: it promotes teambuilding, healthy lifestyles, and community stewardship, says Joanne Heidkamp, program director of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger. Not only are kids learning about the importance of good nutrition while exercising and connecting with peers, teachers, and parents on their hike, they also are learning about serious issues that exist in their community and understanding that they have the power and responsibility to do something about it. We are very excited about the participation of schools throughout the state in this years Hike. The Hike for Hunger supports the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hungers ongoing efforts to eliminate hunger by helping communities establish and maintain nutrition programs that provide food to thousands of at risk Vermont children.

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