Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Students at Hammond School stepped away from their desks and books Friday for a lesson in giving and helping others.
"It's really gratifying and you know that you're helping someone and you're doing something larger than yourself," said Hammond Senior Mary Clyde Culbreath.
Students have been working since last year to put together a project that would make a difference.
"I think everyone can feel the magnitude and the impact that it's gonna have. Everyone can feel that they're apart of whole helping everyone in Haiti," said senior Hunter McCleary.
With the help of Stop Hunger Now, the school is working to prepare 30,000 meals of rice, soy and dehydrated vegetables that will go to feed children in Haiti. Students from every grade level are participating.
"Many times we understand that kids, particularly teenagers, are egocentric somewhat and what we're doing is we're helping them to think outside of themselves and look at a world, where really the vast majority of the world, at least a tenth of the world, is suffering for acute issues of starvation," said Steve Deal with Stop Hunger Now.
Before the meal preparations began, students collected quarters with each coin amounting to one meal.
Anne Fowler, Hammond's Director of Service Learning, says the hands-on of part of the project makes more real for students.
"To then not just stop with that but then say okay now you're actually gonna prepare those meals and put them together and know where they're gonna go, I think that will just stick with these children for a very long time," said Fowler.
While for some it is a lesson in giving, for others it is a way to show they care.
"We know there's a lot of issues in our day to day lives, but really we need to focus on other people in the world that are doing way worse than we are because we're so fortunate here at this school," said McCleary.