As part of SAIC’s ongoing mission to help our community, the 6th grade accompanied the 8th grade to the San Francisco Food Bank on November 24, 2010. For THREE hours, we worked on taking broccoli (and then beans) from enormous boxes and packing them into smaller boxes to send to other agencies around the city. The students all worked as a team by doing their individual jobs of taping up boxes, running the empty boxes to the workers, while others were cleaning up as we went along. All of these duties were done with efficiency and accuracy. Without having to tell them where to fill in, each student worked together to complete each task.
Upon our returning to the school, I asked the students how this field trip related to our Religion classes. Here are a few of the comments:
…“when you are in religion class, you mostly talk about helping people and that is what we did today” – Santiago Fonseca
..“We were helping others the way our church helps those in need.” – Jessica Gonzalez
…“as followers of God, we give our time to volunteer for the community.” – Jennifer Reyna
…”we are taught to help others and to be humble. This is exactly what we did. We helped others and we are humble about what we have.” – Mariah Badilla
…”we helped people today, like Jesus did.” – Alex Bajana
They were also asked how this field trip was different from others they have been on. Also, there is seldom a time when the 6th and 8th grades are together. Some of the comments are as follows:
“The 6th grade got a chance to see how the 8th grade works together.” -Tatiana Quiroz
“This experience was different because we helped people instead of going to a museum. I liked that! “ – Angelica Chukwedebe
“It was different because this field trip wasn’t only for our benefit, we helped others.” – Gerardo Lopez
Thanks to the hard work and effort of the 6th and 8th grade classes. With our help, the SF Food bank was able to pack 4 tons of broccoli to be delivered to the different agencies around San Francisco. Each one of us can make a difference!