The fourth grade class at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School took a field trip to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank in Clayton, GA on Tuesday, November 13. During their time at the food bank, the students were given the opportunity to take a tour and worked together to sort non-perishable foods for distribution. They were also given the opportunity to ask questions about the food bank and what the purpose of a food bank is.
This field trip was part of a larger lesson the students in the fourth grade are learning about on the causes and effects of hunger in our nation; specifically, how hunger affects low-income families during the Thanksgiving season. They are reading about the long and short-term benefits of food banks and other governmental and non-profit programs and organizations.
The students conducted research on an assigned area in the United States on the average income of a low-income family in that area. They created Thanksgiving menus using a budget based on that income.
The main goal of this lesson was to increase the students’ awareness of the poverty and hunger that exists in the United States and to develop a sense of compassion for those families who find this time of year particularly difficult.
- Pictured at the top of the article are Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School fourth-grade students who learned about poverty and hunger in the United States and visited the Northeast Georgia Food Bank to help those in need.