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Morris Bye student’s passion project makes a big difference

Janeen Burow, Leah Doyle and Mackenna Frederickson(05/02/2024) After being inspired to come up with a passion project by her talent development teacher Janeen Burow, Morris Bye Elementary fourth grader Leah Doyle thought big and made a major impact. 

Doyle created a plan for a schoolwide event at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and arranged everything from raising money for buses, permission slips, parent chaperones and bag lunches.

With the support of Burow and her fourth grade teacher Mackenna Frederickson, Doyle brought a total of 103 Morris Bye students and chaperones to FMSC in Coon Rapids. Together, the three fourth grade classrooms packed 19,656 meals which is enough to feed 54 children for one year.

“I knew this would be a big project but I was happy to help her make it happen,” Burow said. “She communicated her project with her teachers, met with the principal to get permission and asked questions about how to organize the field trip.”

Doyle also personally recruited many of the adult chaperones, including reaching out to the Coon Rapids VFW for support.