Victory Life Academy Students Give Back

By: Katie Solomon Email
By: Katie Solomon Email

DURANT, OK -- At Victory Life Academy in Durant, fundraising serves a dual purpose.

While working to raise money for their school bus and softball field, they are also using funds to help the less fortunate, with the help of a volunteer group.

"The whole idea with Feed the Need is instead of doing a candy bar sale, involve the kids in something that is so much bigger than them," says Don Carmichael, President of Feed the Need.

So on Friday, they did just that. At the closing of a several month long fundraising campaign with multiple events, the students packed meals with soy, rice, vegetables and Vitamix for children in need.

"The students packed 10,000 meals and they are sent to the hungry children in Haiti," says Cheryl Jackson, Superintendent at Victory Life Academy.

"These are cases where many kids will go for sometimes two or three days without eating a meal and so when we can bring in a fully nutritious meal, it is literally a life impacting event," says Don Carmichael, President of Feed the Need.

The giving does not stop there. The students also packed 1,500 meals for the Durant Food Bank.

"We want our students to have the heart to give and we want them to learn to serve and that it is fun to serve," says Cheryl Jackson, Superintendent at Victory Life Academy.

The experience has been rewarding for everyone at Victory Life Academy.

"That type of impact on a child, that is something that never goes away," says Cheryl Jackson, Superintendent at Victory Life Academy.

"From a small dot on the map in Durant, Oklahoma, they can be part of making a difference in the whole world," says Don Carmichael, President of Feed the Need.


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