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Local middle school students start food drive for their less fortunate peers

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HERMISTON, OR - Students at one local middle school are taking it upon themselves to help out their community.

The student leadership team at Sandstone Middle School rallied their entire school together to help feed the less fortunate, an idea that sparked when one student heard of his peer's hardship.

"A student had recently lost their home," said 8th grader and Leadership President, Bryce Brock, "and I talked to a teacher about it and they said that they wish there was something we can do to help students that may be struggling, and that's when I got the idea."

Bryce then brought the idea to his fellow leadership team, and together they created a spring food drive to help the Agape House, a local food bank and community service center. They also rallied the rest of the school with their own produced video.

"Students at Sandstone Middle School, we are proud to announce the new partnership with Agape House this year," the leadership student video went. "Each week there are dozens of elementary school students who go home and don't have enough to eat."

As explained in their video, all the donations go to kids their own age.

That's where Sandstone came in, doing their part: collecting and sorting food that will go to these kids in need.

"I have a feeling that somebody I know is probably getting this stuff," said 8th grader and Leadership Member, Violet Mitchell.

For Violet, Bryce, and the rest of the leadership team, that is what makes their efforts even more important.

I'm happy and honored that I was able to start something that has become a big part of our community," said Bryce.

The kids say they hope their efforts continue and spread to other schools in their community, and the Agape House says they are thankful.

"Oh, this is so nice, just two things, so neat," said Agape House Executive Director, Dave Hughes. "It's cool to see the kids in tune and that they care about the other ones."

The food will go to the Agape House's program; serving students in need, with districts letting them know how many students need help. On Fridays, food is delivered and put in the students' backpacks to go home for the weekend.

Each week, the Agape House serves about 125 students, and say that the help from Sandstone will help their budget, and help keep providing other services.

To learn more about the Agape House, you can head to their website by clicking this link: http://agapehousehermiston.org/