MADISON, Ala. - While sophomores and juniors in the Madison City School system spent the morning testing for the ACT. The other high school students gave their brains a rest, at least from academics.
An assembly line of students, with bags in hand had one goal in mind: to pack lunches. 360 brown bagged lunches to be exact.
"That will last us almost a month. We go through about 400 bags a month," said Sally Warden, Asbury Food Pantry.
Asbury United Methodist Church fills them and sends the bags to the Madison City Schools backpack program to feed kids whose bellies would otherwise go empty over the weekend. "There are a lot of kids that aren't like me and don't have the opportunity like me, and it's just good to give back," said Natalye Cashon, Freshman at James Clemens High School.
This is just one of the many service projects students had the choice to be a part of. They may not be solving equations, or writing a paper, but they are learning. "This is a lifelong lesson in community service that they can take with them wherever they go," said Warden.
A lesson they won't easily forget- and how could they? After filling every shelf with the lunches, they have a lot to be proud of. "It was a lot of hard work- but we managed to do it," said Cashon. "I'm doing something that can help a kid’s life."
Students were also able to spend the day at a museum, visit a college campus, or prep for AP exams.