HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Students at Hanover’s Stonewall Jackson Middle School spent February living out a civics lesson. They dedicated the month to helping others.
With the help of Oak Knoll Middle and Laurel Meadow Elementary, students collected more than 28,000 packs of ramen noodles.
“This is the biggest donation we’ve had so far,” says 8th grader Natalie Young.
The food will stock USOs across the Commonwealth.
“It means so much for these men and women to get a little piece of home and ramen is home,” explained Tricia Riggs. She is the Director of the USO at the Richmond International Airport.Riggs says something as simple as ramen noodles can bring comfort to troops. “The look on the soldiers’ faces when they can come get ramen at 6 a.m. at the USO in the airport, it means so much and these kids are the ones that drive this.”
This is the school’s eighth year for the ramen drive.
“I can help impact other people’s lives and it will just help them realize that there are other people looking out for them,” says Young.
Student Denaysha Chappelle added, “I like it because it’s for the troops.”
The effort is headed up by the school’s civics teacher Jeff Arco.”What we’re hoping to demonstrate to our students is that when you contribute to the public good, you don’t have to do a terrible large amount, ” says Arco, “But if a lot of people do a little bit, it adds up to something like today.”
The ramen collection opens up opportunities for students like Dayna Francis. “It can be really hard to volunteer for things. ‘Oh you have to be 14, oh you have to be 15 and older’ and stuff but like when our school does it itself, you can donate and help out.”
A local business, CodeBlue Technology, donated over 14,000 packs to the effort.