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By Marie Perry
Director of Communications for the School District of Belleville 

"What are we doing for others? That is the question..."


January 14, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. stood for hope, peace, and equality; and, in his memory, the students of Belleville High School choose to continue to serve the needs of their community with their annual "Martin Luther King Jr. Soup Supper." This charity event is sponsored by the Belleville High School (BHS) Student Council and though the students have been in a virtual student learning model during the pandemic, they are still coming together to serve their community as we begin 2021 in honor of a great historical figure who cared about serving the needs of his community. It is in this vein that students are reaching out to their community to fortify their helping hands with additional support. It is their hope (through events like these), that the needs of their local community will be acknowledged. By making sure our food pantry is stocked, those who need to have a little extra help to get 2021 off to a better start will have a renewed sense of hope that they are cared for and remembered beyond the 2020 holiday season.

The Belleville High School students, under the direction of their Social Studies Teacher, Jacob Ziehr, get to learn by doing as they simultaneously observe the MLK Jr. holiday with this event set to take place on Monday, January 18, 2021, from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., at the Belleville High School. Senior Regyn Jelle enjoys this about the annual soup supper, "I enjoy being with others and doing something good for the community. It makes me happy to see all of the community members taking part in our charity event to donate to those who benefit from our community's local food pantry."

Traditionally, this event has been a time to gather in fellowship as a community for a good cause, but precautions with COVID-19 will make this year's event a little different. While soup will be available this year as a "carry-out" entrée, and Belleville Art students were unable to pre-make ceramic hand-made bowls, the annual event will still be effective if our community chooses to get behind our youth and help raise awareness for the needs of our local food shelter! Pre-orders for three delicious soups - Chicken Noodle, Potato Bacon, or Chili (along with cookies and a breadstick) - will be prepared for pick-up at the Belleville High School on January 18th (a make-up snow day is set for January 20th) on orders received by 4:00 p.m., on Friday, January 15th. The cost is $8.00 per meal and can be ordered by calling the Belleville High School office at (608) 835-6120, Ext. 3.

The soup will be on, hot, and ready for pick-up on January 18, 2021, for those who lend their support to this event as we celebrate the Belleville High School Student Council members decision to carry on MLK Jr.'s message of service. It is wonderful to see these youth embrace Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous words: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"


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