2016 Personal Finance Activity
The Personal Finance Class decided to work on a Community Service Project recently. Students wanted to learn about some organizations that help people needing assistance. It was decided to visit 3 different organizations. First, the class went to the Wesley Center in Norfolk, where they were met by Michelle. She explained that the Wesley Center is a State Licensed Childcare and Preschool for children age 6 weeks to 13 years old. Right now, the Center has approximately 100 children that they serve and love. The students were told how the program is funded and what some of the day-to-day operations are.
Next the class traveled to the Orphan Grain Train International Office in Norfolk where they were told that it is a nonprofit volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world. Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, literature, and other aid to meet the needs of people. Students were amazed that an international office was in Norfolk and that the Orphan Grain Train was founded by someone from Norfolk.
The last stop of the day was at Mercy Meals. Mercy Meals of Nebraska is a non-profit organization that allows volunteers to package nourishing food that will be delivered by the Orphan Grain Train to children in need throughout the world. Orphanages, refugee camps, feeding centers, disaster relief centers and local food pantries have been recent recipients of the food. Mercy Meals is interested in volunteers of all ages. Each event starts with a short update on world hunger facts and recent shipments reports, followed by packaging of the food for about one hour and fifteen minutes. The day is ended with a short clean up session.
This trip helped the students understand the importance of helping others in our communities. Students in the class are: Colton Beacom, Makayla Boyle, Brenden Hille, Leslie Jensen, Alex Kumm, Alex Palu, Ethan Pfanstiel, Brianna Ruiz, Andrea Schmit, Erin Schultz, Shaylee Vargas Toledo, and Dylan Wieneke.