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You've Got Class: New Hampton

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by Danielle Wagner

NEW HAMPTON (KWWL)-- A Valentine's Day tradition became an even bigger project this year for New Hampton Middle Schoolers.

Eighth grade students in Danielle Wolfe's English class donated a box of food and $125 to the Chickasaw County Food Pantry.

The students raised the money selling Valentine's.

"It was cool selling to all the little kids and seeing their faces when they were saying who they were selling to and to know they can have fun and we can give to the food pantry it's a win, win situation," said student Branna Elenz.

"Normally we help out one family with the Valentine's Day fundraiser, but this year we wanted to help out several," said Teacher Danielle Wolfe.

Layoffs are taking a toll on families in New Hampton.

Wolfe says last year at this time the Chickasaw County Food Pantry saw two to three families per week. This year, it's three to 22. The pantry is struggling to keep the shelves stocked.

"It makes me feel proud to know this program is going to benefit somebody in need because in tough economic times doing a small thing will help somebody in a big way," said eighth grader Trevor Ohn.

During three days, the students sold more than 400 valentines to middle school students and staff.

"It's good to see how many people participate, and it makes you feel good it's going to a good cause and everyone had fun doing it," said student Alex Burke.

"There's the saying the more you give the more you receive and I think they're gradually learning that the more they put themselves out there, the more they volunteer, the more they donate," said Wolfe.

Wolfe said community members do so much to support the school, it's only right for the students to help support the community.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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