Throughout the last few weeks, 8th Graders have been hard at work on their fall Food Justice Signature Project. Students are working to understand the concepts of food justice and food sovereignty locally and on a global scale by analyzing where their food comes from and who processes, produces and prepares it and under what conditions. As a part of this Signature Project, students have been working on Food Justice projects in Global Citizenship and writing Food Memory Narratives in English class, and will soon begin reading The Bitter Side of Sweet and discussing fair trade food in English class.
As a special event to tie their learning together, students participated in a day of hands-on learning, which included group work time, local off-campus service projects and our 3rd annual 8th Grade Food & Literature Festival.
There were four service learning projects throughout the Baltimore area: Group One traveled to Paul’s Place to volunteer with their hot lunch and Marketplace program; Group Two traveled to the Baltimore Hunger Project headquarters to tour the facility and help pack snack bags for area children; Group Three visited Talmar Farms to learn about sustainable farm practices and help with outdoor gardening; and Group Four helped at the Weekend Backpack Program to pack food bags and assist with delivery.
The day ended with 8th Graders sharing their personal narratives from English class. Each student is writing about a favorite food or meal that has special significance to them. Students had a chance to read each other's writing in order to make connections with classmates and celebrate their stories. They also shared delicious food that students voluntarily brought in as a way to share more from their narratives.