WARNER, SD -
When a Warner Elementary student found out about the food drive going on at KELOLAND-TV, she wanted to contribute. She’s encouraging others to pitch in too.
Warner doesn't have a big school. That doesn't limit the difference its students can make.
"I was like, 'oh, wow these people are so unlucky,'" fifth grader Ashlyn Haselhorst said.
That's the reaction Ashlyn had while watching stories which aired on a KELOLAND Hunger Special earlier this month. At least that was her first reaction.
"Then when you guys mentioned the food drive I was like, 'oh that's so cool, I could do that,'" Ashlyn said.
"She said, 'they have a special page on there that says how you can help. Can you print that off for me so I can go take it to the principal,'" Amy Haselhorst said.
That's what happened. Before long, the fifth grader was going to each of the elementary rooms in the building, asking kids to donate food or money to help feed the needy. The response brought in eight bags of food and $150.
Those were Wednesday’s numbers. There's no saying what the total will be for this Warner Elementary student's food drive. She is still collecting food at the school and won't be delivering it until Friday.
"We're just so proud of our little girl, seeing the world for more than just outside her front door," Amy Haselhorst said.
Haselhorst said her daughter took the project on herself with little help from her parents.
Erich Schaffhauser: Are you glad you did this?
Ashlyn: Because it's something to be proud of and we can make the world more awesome!
Students stepped up for this cause in other ways too. The Warner Student Council wrote a $100 check to fight hunger.