Linda Wilson, a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary in Cloverdale, is helping her Grade 6/7 students learn about poverty by having the kids organize action plans.
Before studying poverty in class, many students thought being poor was experienced only by the homeless, Wilson says. Now they understand that poverty has many different faces and is even present in Surrey.
Wilson says the students wanted to take action and one group recently organized a local bottle drive and lemonade stand. The Surrey Food Bank, the group’s choice of organization, picked up the cash donation of almost $400 last Tuesday.
A second group organized an awareness challenge called “chewing for change” linked with a documentary with information about poverty, and a third group went on a field trip to the South Surrey community garden to work and educate themselves.