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DURANT -- The system is down to a science.

One-by-one, packets of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and vitamin powder are bagged, weighed, sealed and boxed.

But it isn't happening at an assembly line at a food plant, it was a string of K-12 students Friday at Victory Life Academy in Durant.

"It was fun just listening to everyone cheer, the kids throwing the bags backwards. It was fun," 9th grader Madison Wagnitz said.

The pack-a-thon is a competition, of sorts, between the two tables to see who can finish first.

"They kept telling us, 'Hey the other table's going faster, you need to hurry up," 10th grader Grant Rustin said.

But most importantly, it's part of a new type of fundraiser run through an Alabama-based organization called "Feed the Need."

"Most schools raise money through doing product sales and candy sales and things like that," Feed the Need president Don Carmichael said. "The idea with Feed the Need is helping kids be involved in something that's much bigger than themselves."

The school keeps some of the donations which are earned mostly through sponsors online.

But much of the money raised pays for the food that's being shipped to children in need in Haiti.

"We're always asking people to help us and we want to help others," school superintendent Cheryl Jackson said.

Friday, students boxed more than 10,000 meals.

The packing party is one of about 20 that have ever been hosted through "Feed the Need," an emerging humanitarian effort that's feeding mouths and souls.

"I think that's the best part, we're not the only ones getting the benefit out of it. We're also helping others," Wagnitz said.

The school has raised about half of its goal of $100,000.

It is also hosting a clay shoot Saturday, April 5 at 7:30am. For more information, visit http://www.victorylifeacademy.org/fundraiser.cfm.