Cool Schools: Coffee And Compassion At Woods Academy In Bethesda, Md.

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BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A life lesson for students at Woods Academy in Bethesda combines coffee, compassion and comraderie.
It's called Cup of Joe. 

Students are rolling up their sleeves and stuffing bags, filling a need for Catholic Charities.

Victoria Smith listed the items in the bags: "There were sweeteners, coffee mixes, granola bars, peach packets."

Catholic Charities hands out nearly 30,000 meals a month through its Cup of Joe Program, which benefits people in 5 D.C. shelters.

Deacon Jim Nalls with Catholic Charities, explained, "They come in at night. Seven o'clock they get a meal and they leave at 7 o'clock in the morning and they don't get anything else to eat so we're trying to solve that gap."

For these middle schoolers, this service project was a real eye opener about the challenge of being homeless and how they can help. 

Student Zack Crilley told us, "Most people like to turn their head and make-believe that they are not there and turn their head but, I like to help them or think about what I can do to help the community."

The Cup of Joe program provids the food while your school or business provides the manpower. Once they get started the students want to do more.

Nalls told us, "Some of them come down to help give them out. Others have put little notes, Valentines you know, cover the bags so they are getting involved. They are getting an understanding about what's going on."

Student Victoria Smith said,  "I definitely want to do more Cup of Joe and some other programs next year."

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