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Bear gifts carry message

Snacks and sweets aren’t the only issues concerning students in the NAC group.
Children in the Nutrition Advisory Council at G.E. Massey Elementary School recently put community needs above their own — collecting 350 teddy bears for needy children.
The bears were given to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincolnton Fire Department, area foster children and Amy’s House, the battered women’s shelter.
“We’re so proud of our NAC group,” said Principal Sandra Johnson. “I’ve seen so many teddy bears.”
Though this project isn’t directly focused on healthy foods, the teddy bears do have a message. Students placed Winners Circle stickers on each bear. The stickers endorse a program based on heart healthy eating.
“Their kids have been doing things to promote the Winners Circle and make the public more aware so they’ll ask questions,” said Kathy Buelin, child nutrition director with Lincoln County Schools.
Once a month students in NAC groups across the county meet to taste and talk about food. The club at G.E. Massey is headed up by Vicki Lawson.
Lawson teaches students about the importance hand washing and the dangers of food poisoning.
The seven students turned towards giving during the month of December. In addition to the teddy bears, students bought gifts for two children through the angel tree program and sent supplies to U.S. soldiers overseas.
All of their activities will be documented in a scrapbook and submitted for a state competition.
Whether its doing community service or studying the food pyramid, students keep their focus on food.
“I liked the baked Cheetos,” said fifth-grader Lindsey Rainwater. “You get to taste a lot of food!”by Diane Turbyfill

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