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Sakai delivers for Helpline House's food project

Matt Pedersen, a sixth-grade math teacher at Sakai Middle School, thanks students from his classes and those of fellow math teachers Terri Atkinson and Tim Harris for collecting about 3,000 items of food for Helpline House’s Project Wishbone. In all, Sakai’s students delivered about 10,000 pounds of foods to Helpline. - Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo
Matt Pedersen, a sixth-grade math teacher at Sakai Middle School, thanks students from his classes and those of fellow math teachers Terri Atkinson and Tim Harris for collecting about 3,000 items of food for Helpline House’s Project Wishbone. In all, Sakai’s students delivered about 10,000 pounds of foods to Helpline.
— image credit: Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo

During a two-week period beginning on Oct. 28, Sakai Middle School’s 580 students collected about 8,000 non-perishable food items for Helpline House’s Project Wishbone.

Organized by their teachers, the students collected food from their families’ pantries, people grocery shopping and by going door-to-door on the island.

“It’s amazing,” math teacher Matt Pedersen said. “It was part of their routine and we made it competitive and the kids really responded. We also made it part of our math curriculum by creating graphs and charts.”

Tons of canned and packaged food collected by Ordway and Sakai students were delivered this week.

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