What an amazing opportunity it was to be part of something so real and so valuable to other people's lives.
With that said, let me back track. After studying our unit on the world's food supply, students were assigned with a public service campaign as their project. This aligned perfectly with the upcoming TET holiday. Two groups of students from two different classes came up with the idea of a food drive. I had to push them a little bit in the right direction, but most of what was done was completed entirely by them. For two weeks, before and after school, students made announcements to the student body and took turns standing by the gate to collect donations. We gained some support and organization from the Global Issues Network (GIN) in our school.
Gin helped us contact families and friends in desperate need of support during TET. It was originally supposed to feed 7 families, but that number quickly increased to 80 by the end of the first week! We were collected sugar, oil rice and dry food. 80 families living in the countryside revived a large food donation from our students before the holidays. When they asked me to come deliver the food I felt honored.
We took a two hour trip to the countryside and spent the whole day meeting younger kids and their families. The high school students ran fun demo lessons and sang songs with the children. It was such a delight to be part of this. They made me prouder than ever to be their Teacher. The students even spent another weekend delivering remaining food to other families. They truly gained a valuable experience during all of this and one that may change the course of their careers.
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