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Blog: Food for Thought - Aveson School of Leaders

Aveson school students learn how to help the hungry in their community.

Aveson School of Leaders' 1st and 2nd graders had a question: "Why do people go hungry, when there is so much food in the world?" Their teachers, committed to global learning, helped them explore the global issue of hunger and helped them find a way to take action in their own community.

Aveson 1st and 2nd grade students partnered with Friends in Deed Pantry to make a difference.  After meeting and interviewing newly appointed Pantry Manager Tim Nistler, Aveson students took their new perspective to local supermarkets. After the supermarket manager gave them a guided tour they were ready to act!

Armed with knowledge and about $15 per small group, students chose items from the shelves to donate to local families in need.  All told, over $350 dollars worth of groceries were purchased and donated.

The Pantry at Friends In Deed serves supplemental food to 200 low-income and homeless households each week. Without their support, many would go hungry. To contact the pantry directly, call 626-797-6072 or emailpantry@ecpac.net.

On Wednesday and Thursday, January 30th and 31st, between 4pm and 7pm, Aveson students will present their project to family and friends at a Celebration of Learning. 

All 102 students who participated in this project will come together to communicate their ideas and actions and make connections with their community.

Staff and students know this is just the beginning. They are already planning project work around the issue of hunger for next semester, and as they do will continue to make our community a better place for everyone in it. As one of the students remarked as she boarded the bus for home, "I feel like I changed the world." She may well have begun to do just that.

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Gina Stepp February 01, 2013 at 04:49 AM
It's great to see children ask questions like this.We could all benefit from taking a child's perspective now and then.

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