Belgrade High School students bring home the bacon for Gallatin Valley Food Bank after their project on hunger awareness won a national contest and a $25,000 prize that will go straight to help ending hunger in the Valley.
The sophomores, juniors and Belgrade teacher Ashley Sewell's Intro to Agriculture class joined food bank officials Tuesday morning in receiving their $25,000 check from the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge.
The students, many of whom are in the Future Farmers of America, caught competition judges eye with a multi-faceted project that included painting wheelbarrows, called "mealbarrows", and filling them with food donations for the food bank.
Then, they hosted a donkey basketball game and auctioned off the colorful mealbarrows.
They also designed a children's book about hunger and read it to 18 classes of elementary students.
"The whole process of this was kind of tedious," said Sophomore Albert Koenig. "But it required us to work together over an extended period of time and I think that helped to build our relationship not only with each other, but also our community."
In addition to the book and mealbarrows, the students raised an extra $2,000 for the food bank.