Students in Amanda Gustafson’s 5th grade QUEST class recently wrapped up service projects. Students Rebekah Lansing, Ellie Barnes, Calvin Carey, Ellie La Plante and Ria Mascal, saw a problem with hunger in their school community and wanted to help solve it. The students collected 2,248 food items which will go directly to fellow Lewis and Clark families to help them through the winter holidays. “We originally wanted to collect cans for the Food Bank, but when we realized the need at Lewis and Clark for food was high, we changed our minds on what we wanted to do,” said Rebekah Lansing. Through this project, the students learned not only how to serve their community, but also learned time management, teamwork and collaboration. For their teacher, Mrs. Gustafson, service projects are an essential part of QUEST: “These students are our future leaders and will hopefully go on to solve the meta-needs of our society. By having them participate in service projects, they not only learn to look for problems around them, but they realize that they can change the world for the better and solve those problems, even though they are only 10 or 11 years old.” The students will distribute the food to Lewis and Clark families through the Giving Tree on Thursday Dec 19. The students plan on donating any remaining food to the Tri-Cities Food Bank.