Third graders are learning about global hunger, communities that suffer from hunger, causes of food shortage, and local and national advocates and solutions. The project-based-learning unit integrates geography and economics as the students discuss food and water scarcity across the globe.
A panel of speakers presented on these issues this month giving students the opportunity to dig deeper, hear about solutions, and ask questions. The panel included Simon Martinengo from Rise Against Hunger, Rhonda Wicks from Hearts2Honduras, Emily Blackledge from African Leadership, and Megan Zarling from The Store.
Experts shared about their non-profits and the people they serve. Rise Against Hunger has made and shipped meals for millions around the world. In countries such as Kenya, some adults make only $1 a day, making nutrition and shelter impossible for families. The impoverished and homeless population in our own Nashville community also suffers from malnutrition. One out of every five children in Nashville does not have enough food to be healthy and active. One out of every nine people in the world suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Students asked questions like: “What is it like to be homeless?” “Do you believe God called you to a specific country?” and “If someone doesn’t have clean drinking water, what do they do?”
Panel speakers offered ways that kids can help and get involved at all levels. Nashville’s vibrant scene of non-profit ministries is actively at work to combat hunger.
The second half of the unit involved students teaming up to engineer solutions, constructing them with raw materials, and presenting their projects to classmates. The symposium featured diverse ideas, systems, and conversations on solving world hunger. Spearheaded by Instructor of Third Grade Meg Terry, this multi-faceted unit also involved a service trip to Second Harvest Food Bank.
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