Feeding Medina County 650 W. Smith Road, C-8 - Medina, OH 44256

Rotary Youth Exchange Student (Medina Sunrise Rotary) Sergio Neto from Brazil and his host brother Medina High School Freshman Dominik Takacs (son of Joseph and Judit Takacs) worked together with Sergeant Jeff Cain and the Ohio Army National Guard, and other volunteers from Feeding Medina County to pack 1,000 Weekender bags of food for children in Medina County.

Sergio, flew over 4,000 miles from his home in Londrina, Brazil, to study as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student at Medina High School (2019-2020). Graduating this spring, he and his family were honored to learn that he had been accepted into one of the US News & World Report's Best Ranked Colleges of Engineering at the University of Toledo.

"Rotary represents 'Service above Self'," said Sergio and his host brother Dominik. "We volunteered over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and wanted to help out today during our summer break because there is still such a great need in Medina County among some of the students who would go hungry without Feeding Medina County."

Sergio added, "I learned always to say, 'Obrigado' -Thank you. Thank you to my parents. Thank you to my teachers and friends. And thank you to Rotary for helping make my dreams come true in America!"

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Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a Rotary International student exchange scholarship program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent highly qualified young people around the globe to experience new cultures and be youth ambassadors of their local communities. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Rotary is a fully accredited member of CSIET - Council of Standards for International Student Exchange: http://www.csiet.org.

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child or a family in Medina County with food insecurity, please contact me today: Sandy Hinkle: office 330-421-4816, or visit our website at www.feedingmedinacounty.org.

"Committed to making a difference in the lives of children in our community and beyond through our time, talents and treasures."

-Medina Sunrise Rotary