Community gets connected for Gain the Grain

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As a way to encourage learning at all ages, the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and KidStuffAroundTown.com are encouraging youth of all ages to visit the freerice.com website to gain rice for the United Nations World Food Program during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week November 14-18.

“We wanted to incorporate the theme ‘Learning Locally to Affect Globally,’ and freerice.com allows youth and adults to learn about the issue and truly feel like they have made a difference,” said Aurelia Spaulding, ALIVE CCP Communications & Marketing Coordinator.

 The ALIVE Center and KidStuffAroundTown.com are coordinating the project as a challenge to schools, youth-serving organizations, and adults of all ages in Bowling Green/Warren County in Kentucky. Coordinators for youth will sign-up groups at freerice.com, and the group or school with the most grains donated, through participating in the online games during the week, will win a night of discounts in Bowling Green. In addition, the top winners in each category will win a special recognition and goodie bag.

 “I am glad that I am able to donate rice to kids that need food. It makes me feel like I have accomplished something. I will wake up in the morning saying I did something good. I will say ‘Carson you are a good person’,” said T.C. Cherry fifth grader Carson Shoemaker.

Any groups interested in taking part in Gain the Grain can contact Aurelia Spaulding at 270-782-0082 or Aurelia.spaulding@wku.edu to sign up.  Information will be available at wkualivecenter.com and kidstuffaroundtown.com websites.

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