Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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November 29, 2013

BIS students help support food pantry

The Robertson family from Louisiana are not the only ones being recognized for their facial hair.

Throughout the month of November, five men from Batesville Intermediate School (teachers Brett Matthews, Eric Peetz, Brett Hofer and Derek Suits and student teacher Alex Evans) participated in the Duck Dynasty Beard Project to help those in need in the community.

“We were talking about growing beards one day, and I just kind of made a suggestion that we could relate it back to doing something where the kids bring in something” to vote for the man with the most fantastic beard, Matthews recalls. “We decided to have them bring in nonperishables for the food pantry.”

The way the schoolwide competition worked was “all five of us had a duck pond, a kiddie pool. We had our faces and names above them, and we were named after one of the characters on ‘Duck Dynasty’ (an A&E TV show). The kids came in with their canned goods and voted by putting the items in the duck pond of the person they thought had the best beard.

“We all started at the beginning of November cleanshaven” and let their beards grow throughout the month. After that, they can shave if they would like to.

Four of his fourth-grade students shared their thoughts on the venture.

“I liked seeing my teacher grow his beard out,” Cody Sims noted.

Calley Kaiser said, “I liked giving food and seeing how many cans everybody got.”

Andrew Hoffbauer believed it was important to donate items “so everyone has food.”

Maddie Hanley added, “It will help our community grow and be healthy.”

Matthews hoped the students learned a valuable lesson from this competition. “I just feel they need to know there are less fortunate people than themselves. It’s important to give back when you can. Maybe it’s only one can or food item, but every little bit helps. It’s not about getting recognition for something, but humbly helping someone else.”

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