Making a difference

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 20:00
Students lend a hand for Bean’s Café
Alexia Hansen adds cheese to one of 150 sandwiches Chugiak Elementary Camp Fire USA students made for Bean’s Cafe on March 7.

How many people does it take to make 150 sandwiches in 45 minutes?

Nine kids and two adults.

Chugiak Elementary Camp Fire USA second-through-fifth-graders feverishly made bologna and cheese sandwiches March 7 to donate to Bean’s Café, which provides food and shelter to Anchorage’s homeless population.

Each student had a job on the assembly line that started with placing two pieces of bread on a plate and ended with sealing and stacking the finished product in a box.

“Every year I try to do a service project,” said Mary Ann Nelson, who spearheaded the event.

Nelson, who serves food at Bean’s Café once a month, said it’s a good way to support less fortunate individuals. It also teaches the students a valuable lesson, she said.

“It’s making them aware that there are needy people out there,” Nelson said.

Assisting on the project is a good way to make her students realize how fortunate they are to eat three meals a day, Nelson said.

“We try to let them know that not everyone gets to eat everyday,” she said.


Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or [email protected]

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