March 4, 2009

Giving Back

Each year, the seventh grade students participate in Volunteer Day. Basically, this is a time for organizations in the community to talk to students about volunteer opportunities during summer vacation. While student teaching, I found the day to be rather boring as various speakers addressed the students about ways they could help. Instead, I suggested that we spend that day actually doing something to make a difference!

I was lucky enough to be placed on a team this year that supported my idea, and with the help of one of my former moms, I arranged for us to take our students on a trip to Feed My Starving Children. If you're not familiar with them, you should be! It is an organization dedicated to supplying nutritionally complete meals to children in developing nations around the world.

I wish I could share with you the pictures of our students in their white hair nets working in the warehouse. They would show the huge grins on their faces as they scooped the rice, soy, veggies, vitamins and chicken flavoring into packages. They would show their silly dance moves as they grooved to the beats that echoed through the warehouse. They would show the sense of pride that was evident on our students' faces when they were told that they packaged enough meals to feed 90 children for an entire year! How amazing!

If you live in the Chicagoland or Twin Cities areas, I suggest you talk to your church, school, sports teams, clubs... any group of 10 or more about this opportunity! It is such an easy way to make a huge difference.

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