Over the last couple of months, Connecticut Food Bank has had the privilege of working with a group of extremely bright and talented fifth graders enrolled in Trumbull’s Academically Gifted Program. The 25+ students have taken on Hunger in Connecticut as their service learning project and invited us to lead some discussions about local hunger and what they can do to help their hungry neighbors.
We attended yesterday’s seminar to talk about what they can do now, and in the future to help solve the problem of hunger. We also talked about how their service learning project could lead to a career in the nonprofit world.
At the end of the class, the students presented us with a beautful card to thank us for “teaching and inspiring us to help those with hunger insecurities.”
Here’s what some of the students had to say:
Thank you for teaching us about hunger, it made me so much more aware of the problem, and that we can help create hope.
I found out that four out of 10 teachers spend their own money for their kids’ snacks.
I learned that 73% of teachers say that kids are coming to school hungry. Thank you for informing me about the problem of hunger in Connecticut.
Thank you for teaching us that 1 in 5 kids are hungry.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to speak to us. I am motivated to do more.
I can’t believe over 16 million kids in America are food insecure! Keep helping the hungry! You’re awesome!
We think these students are awesome! Our visits and discusssions have been a pleasure and we learned that we are definitely not smarter than a fifth grader!
Now the students are selecting and working on their own service learning project related to hunger, culminating in a presentation of their work in February. We look forward to seeing the end result sof their hard work!