The Newton Ag Career Academy and Newton High School are teaming up with Numana for a second year to feed hungry people across the globe. This year, the Ag Academy plans to host two meal-packing sessions on Nov. 21 — one in the day for the Newton High students and one after school at 4:30 p.m. in which the community can participate.

With the increase in sessions, the students hope to pack 25,000 meals, which more than doubles last year’s 10,000 meals. They will have to increase fundraising as well to $7,500. To help with fundraising, Ag Career Academy students have been selling pork chops at all home football games and are hosting a hog raffle.

Additionally, they are taking donations from the community. Donations can be made at this website: A total of $10 dollars would feed one child for a month and $120 would feed a child for a year.

“The reason we raised the number of meals that we want to package is because this year we not only wanted to contribute more, but we wanted to get the community more involved,” said NHS student Eli Redington. “This is why we are having an event starting at 4 o'clock where, yes, students can help, but it is focused more on community members. With the amount of people who showed up last year, we know we could have packaged 25,000 meals. We just didn't have the time or resources at the moment.”

The Ag Career Academy is in its second year and offers a small, personalized learning community within the high school. Courses in the Ag Career Academy are taught through the lens of agriculture. Students’ English, Science and Social Studies classes include ag-related topics and themes. Students also take additional ag courses and have recommended electives. Free college credit is available in a number of areas through Hutchinson Community College.

For those interested in participating in the packing day, contact Lacie Fair at