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Above and Beyond: Bailey Schaben and Alec Lapke

Above and Beyond: Bailey Schaben and Alec Lapke

In Dunlap, Iowa there are two students who took a required class project and turned it into a community service project.

Bailey Schaben and Alec Lapke are seniors at Boyer-Valley High School, and they had a different approach to their project.

"I wanted to do something that was kinda out-of-the-box and big. I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing," said Schaben. "I asked Alec. I'm like, 'Hey, you want to do this with me?' And he was like, 'Yeah, let's do it.'"

Schaben and Lapke partnered with Meals from the Heartland to package enough food to make over 42,000 meals.

"It was overwhelming at first when we were unloading the truck and there was all this food you see," said Lapke. "The worry hits you."

But it wasn't just the two of them involved. Boyer-Valley High School Principal Kurt Brosomle had bigger goals in mind.

"Our principal came up to us, and he's like I want the whole school involved," said Schaben.

And with the added help, it made the process of filling, weighing, sealing, and packaging the bags much smoother and more efficient.

"It was awesome to see how all the kids rallied around it," said Paul Marlin, Boyer-Valley school counselor. "The kids who aren't always motivated were excited in the gym. They were smiling, running around, and filling stuff. And every time they filled something, you could see the energy that was for it, and all the students really just rallied around it and got excited about it."

Schaben and Lapke said the experience helped them grow and connect with their classmates.

"Not only do we get to have this experience, but they get to enjoy it as well," said Schaben.

This April, Schaben and Lapke will be attending the state FFA Convention in Ames, Iowa, where they will participate in a similar service project as part of the conference.

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