November 25, 2009

Service

Seabury Middle School students Tuesday spent three hours sorting 6,000 (three tons!) of red beans at Northwest Harvest for distribution to hungry families across Washington. The Middle Schoolers worked hard and efficiently and got some great feedback from the Northwest Harvest volunteer coordinators. Here’s what our students had to say about the experience:

Petria: “On Tuesday I went to northwest harvest with the rest of Seabury Middle School. We were told that we were going to be packaging beans. We were led into a huge warehouse that looked like Costco. There were huge pallets of food stacked everywhere. Soon we found ourselves in a packaging center. With a high school group there, we were going form an assembly line to package the beans.

There were different jobs to form the assembly line. There were packagers who scooped beans from huge sacks into smaller bags, tiers who knotted the small bags closed, runners who brought scooped bags to the tiers, boxers who boxed 25 pounds of beans into boxed after they had been tied, and box makers who made the boxes out of flattened pieces of cardboard. It took a lot of hard work, but it was definitely worth it.”

Emmet: “Northwest Harvest is a great place to go to help stop hunger. Even just for a little amount of time, if you’re working hard, you can provide for hundreds for families. And with N.W.H. serving 200,000 food banks it really pays off.

You also get to know other people whether there form a different organization for families that volunteer. One of the great things that I have learned from going there is that even if one can only help a little it can still make a big help for the people who need it.”

Elise: “When we went to NW Harvest, we had no clue what we would be doing, only that it would help some people who were down on their luck … It only took a little bit of effort, and yet it will save hundreds of families from risk of starvation. If everyone in the country were to help out their local food distribution organizations just one day a month, then millions of lives would be helped out.

Because the job was so easy, it seems like it’s not much to ask for people to come to volunteer, and thus to save lives. It was really fun, and I hope that we can go back again sometime.”

English

We have embarked on an expository writing project – This I Believe. This past week, students have started by defining a wide variety of values and identifying five that are of greatest importance to us individually. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we are asking students to conduct interviews of three or four adults that will be gathered with you during this time. The students have the information necessary to conduct these interviews. The objective here is to have students interface with adults that are important in their lives and to gather information and stories that illustrate the values that have become essential in living a fulfilled life.

Baking

To wind up our short week, we spent our Wednesday half-day playing games, working on Thanksgiving-related projects, and baking!

Students formed teams and made pumpkin pies, snickerdoodles and English toffee (with pecans and without, for those with allergies). We hope you enjoy the results over the long weekend.

Big thank-you to Brenda Bono for purchasing our baking supplies, and to Sue Frederickson for providing us with baking dishes and utensils.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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