Last month, President Charlene Jones, was invited to speak to all the 7th graders at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, to help teach them about hunger in America. The 7th grade history teachers at JML wanted to tie history lessons about the great depression and the dust bowl to what is happening in America today. Students learned that there are 15.9 million food insecure children in the United States today. Students were challenged to do something to address food insecurity in America today.
The work the students have done thus far is impressive. Many students have raised money or are collecting donations for the pantry. Some put bags out in their neighborhoods and collected food. Some organized fundraising nights at the local Moe’s restaurant.
Students wrote essays about hunger and its impact and created posters. So
me collected money and food donations at JML’s Big Night Out event held in March. Others have created websites such as http://food4loudoun.weebly.com/ and videos such as https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Michael-Lunsford-Middle-School-Official/273701659331480 which are educating and informing people about hunger. All in all, the students and staff were able to collect hundreds of pounds of food and a significant amount of money for the pantry as well as raising awareness about hunger in our community.
Thanks go out to the JML 7th grade history team and the JML administrative team led by Principal Slevin for developing a great way to encourage community support and activism among the younger generation.