Middle school student featured in documentary

With a heart bursting with compassion and fueled with tireless energy, Katelyn Scherping works diligently to help others.

Katelyn Scherping, a student at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, is featured in a Twin Cities Public Television documentary about children helping to feed the world’s starving children. Photo by Sue Austreng

Katelyn Scherping, a student at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, is featured in a Twin Cities Public Television documentary about children helping to feed the world’s starving children. Photo by Sue Austreng

She’s only 13 years old, but the Anoka Middle School for the Arts student doesn’t let her youth diminish her determination.

“I just always want to help. I want to do more, but I’m a kid. I can’t just go to Kenya, go to Haiti, but what I can do is a little something that may spark in someone else’s mind something they can do. A little can make a world of difference,” Katelyn said.

In fact, Katelyn’s compassion is contagious and has such vitality that it even caught the eye of a television crew filming a documentary about how people can help to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Producers at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) invited Katelyn to be part of their documentary, “Nourish Hope: Progress Starts with Food.”

That documentary premiered Feb. 10 and will be broadcast again Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 a.m., 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. It will also be shown March 31 at 8 p.m.

The TPT documentary features the work and meal formulas produced, packaged and distributed to the world’s hungry by Feed My Starving Children, headquartered in Coon Rapids.

In the documentary, “Nourish Hope,” host Dr. Bob Arnot travels with Feed My Starving Children meal packs sent to Kenya and to Haiti and discovers the critical importance nutrition plays in turning communities around, one child at a time.

For her part, Katelyn is featured organizing and helping out at fund-raisers at her church and at Elm Creek Elementary School, where she was a sixth-grade student last year.

Raising $1,200 for Feed My Starving Children in just two weeks, Katelyn demonstrated that “doing a little can mean a lot.”

“Just do something and you can get food to starving kids. It’s kids helping kids. It’s easy,” Katelyn said.

To raise that $1,200 Katelyn sold candy at a school carnival, offered “free” candy for a $1 donation and even went door-to-door collecting donations.

“Something small can have a great chain reaction,” Katelyn said. “It was fun. It was easy. And that money will help get food to hungry children around the world. Anyone can do it,” Katelyn said.

Feed My Starving Children, 401 93rd Ave. N.W., Coon Rapids, invites monetary donations and volunteers to pack the meals. Church groups, youth groups, school groups, family groups – anyone can help out.

To contact Feed My Starving Children, visit fmsc.org, email info@fmsc.org or call 763-504-2919.

For more information and to see the trailer for “Nourish Hope,” visit fmsc.org or visit tpt.org and browse archived posts by date, clicking on Feb. 10.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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