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Local kids play wheelchair basketball and help those in need

Local kids play wheelchair basketball to help those in need

YAKIMA, Wash.-- Because of P.E. teacher Greg Hausske, Wilson Middle School is taking part in KIMA’s Kids for Cans for another year. They're almost done collecting, so to celebrate, students who donate food, get to participate in a game of wheelchair basketball. Hausske says it ties into his class lessons.

“Kind of a way to finish our basketball unit in P.E. classes. A way of raising awareness for students in wheelchairs, also tying into an incentive for students to bring in cans of food for Kids for Cans and help Northwest Harvest,” said Hausske.

Hausske says they've been collecting food for the past week and a half. Promising kids a game of wheelchair basketball has proven to motivate them to give back to the community, but 6th-grader Judah Oldenkamp says he brought in food for other reasons.

“I wanted to bring lots of food because I used to live in Ethiopia, and so I was just thinking about that, and I wanted to help kids, so then they could live a good life and not be hungry,” said Oldenkamp.

Hausske says he was inspired simply by the people of Yakima to get Wilson Middle School involved at this level.

“We talk a lot about community here at Wilson. It’s one of our agreements we talk about, and not only our school community, but the community Yakima Valley-wide - and how bringing cans can bless other people; and how the reward is playing wheelchair basketball, but however the real reward is being able to know that you’re helping something greater than yourself and community-wide,” said Hausske.

Wilson Middle School will continue collecting donations through tomorrow.

You can click here to find out if your child’s school is participating in Kids for Cans.

The school that collects the most pounds of food per student gets the KIMA Traveling Trophy and a visit from Jake Taylor and Alan Sillence.

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