When you hear the phrase, “World Hunger”, what do you think about? Middle school students at Sacred Heart had that question answered during a recent activity culminating their study of World Hunger in the various 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th cultures.
After studying the different levels and the nations that represented them, 8th grade students, in Mrs. Smith’s class, wrote short narratives creating and identifying a person and their situation in the various economies. They were then joined by members of grades 5, 6 & 7 to partake of a meal at a particular level. Some would experience an enjoyable 1st level meal with all the comforts of home. Others would feel what it was like to live in a world where food was not as plentiful or varied. Still others would receive only a small portion that showed the contrast in food consumption on our planet. The children picked their status at random and joined fellow students in the experience.
At the end of the activity, students came away with the realization of what world hunger could feel like and an awareness that famine is not limited to just 3rd or 4th world countries but an issue right here among our own less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Leaving us with the question, “What can YOU do to help alleviate the problem of world hunger in our world today?” has given all of us something to think about!