Ballard students participate in food program

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

Last week, volunteers from Ballard High School volunteered at Iowa Gardening for Good. The students picked over 1,700 lbs. of produce that is donated to food pantries in central Iowa.

The group came as part of the Model UN program that performed community service during Ballard’s homecoming week. Model UN introduces students from around the country to diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making through various events, including simulations of the United Nations General Assembly. For fall and spring events, students become “ambassadors” from a country that is a part of the United Nations. As an ambassador, or delegate, students prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate, resolve conflicts, and follow the rules of actual United Nations procedure. Model UN aims to help students become more involved in worldly issues through collaboration, research, writing, public speaking, negotiation, debate and global awareness. Students develop academic, social and leadership skills through this program.

For Iowa Gardening for Good, they picked cantaloupe and butternut squash. Their efforts helped bring the weekly total to over 22,000 lbs that is all donated to food pantries.

There are still a few weeks left for harvest and we are still looking for more volunteers. For more information, you can go the website https://www.iowagardeningforgood.com/.