Special Event (updated with photos)
Today, during lunchtime, the Grade Threes participated in an experiential activity. They were divided into 3 different groups:
- The Blue Group was served pizza and juice. They sat at tables and were allowed to have seconds. They were also invited to line up first.
- The Yellow Group was given water and rice with meat. They sat on chairs and were served second.
- The Red group was only given rice. They sat on the floor and if they were thirsty, they were asked to walk to the water fountain. They were not allowed seconds.
The room was silent and the students were encouraged to write down what they were observing, wondering and feeling. When we discussed what happened back in the classroom, the one word that summed up the event was “unfair”.
We discussed how their experience is similar to the real world. What students experienced for 30 minutes is what some people feel their whole lives. There are people in the world with more than enough (abundance), some people with just enough (surviving), and people in the world who never have enough (scarcity). We made connections to our learning with fractions: just like our class has 25 equal parts to make up 1 whole, the world has 7 billion equal parts that make up 1 world. And, even though there is enough food in the world for everyone to have enough, most of the world never has enough because the world’s resources are not shared equally.
We will continue talking about these themes of abundance and scarcity this term, and connecting it to God’s heart for us and for others. Please continue this conversation with your child at home. Thank you for your support!
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One of our parent volunteers was able to take some superb photos from our special activity last week. Thanks and credit to her! Here are some of my personal favourites: