Many young people in North-Central Wisconsin are going to class and sitting next to students who have nothing to eat at home. To help feed the hungry, Wausau's two public high schools have been filling grocery bags with food donations.
Students worked together under the supervision of their homeroom teachers. One teacher says she was driven to get involved in the project when she found out several students did not have enough food to eat.
"There are really a lot of students that are coming to school hungry," says Ellen Haebig. "You can tell when a student comes to school hungry. They can't concentrate. They're thinking is not about getting an education. It's about food."
Wausau West collected about 3,000 bags of groceries. Wausau East did not have numbers available at the time of this publication, but school administrators say they met their goal, and ended up winning the competition.
Both schools will be dropping off the bags they collected at the Salvation Army, to be distributed to needy families.