Students in Williamsburg raise funds, pack thousands of meals for fellow children in need


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Students at school in Williamsburg spent Friday giving back.

175 students at Providence Classical School packed 10,000 meals for other students living in the Appalachia region of the country.

Head of the school, Susan Oweis, said that each year the school does a fundraiser for student scholarships.

“Normally we do an auction for a fundraiser, but this year we tried something new called Feed the Need,” she said.

Oweis said the school received a letter from the Champion Group about the project. After thinking about it for a few months, she decided to present it to the school’s board and other faculty who were very enthusiastic about helping out.

The students were also excited to help, according to Weis.

“It’s in the heart of every child to give! They love it! That’s why they’re having such a good time. There was no convincing because they love to give!,” she said.

That included 11th grader Kylie Delaney, who said it was amazing seeing her younger classmates and the whole community come together to help.

“It feels really good because it’s really good for them to learn to provide for the community besides what we do at our school,” she said.

Oweis said the money raised through the fundraiser helped purchase the food. Money from that will also go toward adding a security system to the school and science equipment.

Their goal was $75,000 but they’ve surpassed that, reaching around $94,000.

Oweis said she’s proud of her students and their families for making this all possible and giving back to those in need.

“They love God and they love each other and their community. They’re happy to do it and I’m thrilled with that,” she said.

Oweis said they were invited to help distribute the boxes of food to the students in Appalachia and that some families from the school may chose to help.

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