A Student Tells How she and Her Classmates Joined With Students in Tunisia to Make a Difference. On Friday, May 10th, my classmates and I had a Skyp

       
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A Student Tells How she and Her Classmates Joined With Students in Tunisia to Make a Difference.

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On Friday, May 10th, my classmates and I had a Skype session with children in Tunisia. We talked about our daily lives, customs, and school systems. Most importantly, we talked about the world wide issue of hunger.

The Tunisian students explained to us that, just as in the U.S., there are lower income areas that have many needy people. They had seen people in those areas, as well as their hometown, searching through the garbage looking for bits of food to eat. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that this was heartbreaking to hear.

When we see people in need, whether it is people who are hungry, poor, or jobless, most of us say “I wish I could help.” However, we don’t know how to help, or we think “I am only one person; I can’t make a difference.” The students in Tunisia, along with our class and many other motivated people, think differently because we know that we can help. The Tunisian students told us that they had written to the newspaper trying to raise awareness about the hunger problem. They have also been trying to raise money for those who are hungry in hopes that they will be able to afford a small meal at least once a day.

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We also discussed what our class was doing to help those who are hungry. Earlier in the year, we had a Skype session with someone who works for Catholic Relief Services. She told us about children who were hungry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From this experience we learned a lot about how we could help these children. Afterwards, we collected a bunch of non-perishable food items to take to a local food pantry. This food would eventually be distributed to people who were hungry in our own community.
When we were done discussing what we had done (and what we were planning to do) to help those who were hungry, one of the Tunisian students made a very powerful statement about prejudice. What IS prejudice? Most would simply say that it is an unreasonable attitude towards a different race or religion. However, it goes much deeper than that. In America, many people have prejudice towards Muslims because of the 9/11 attacks. While speaking to the Tunisian students, who are Muslim, we saw that although we have our differences, we all have a common goal: To end hunger and show people that kids CAN make a difference.

Ariana Freire is a 6th Grade student at the St. Thomas School in West Hempstead, New York. Her teacher Maria Conte told us that she is, “so humbled by the passion of youth! They are really inspiring to be around!”

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