Hudson – Students in Debra Cooper-Solomon’s fourth-grade art class at Joseph L. Mulready Elementary School recently learned about hunger. They were asked if they had ever been hungry. They were asked to imagine what it would be like to feel hungry for two or three days. They talked about what kinds of people are hungry and why, followed by a lesson on the importance of proper nutrition for children and adults to stay strong and healthy so they can perform their best at work and school.
The students came up with a plan to help Solomon continue her fundraiser called the Spoons Project which she has organized for almost 20 years.
In December, fourth-grade students decorated wooden spoons to sell at the Mulready Holiday Fair. Students sold the spoons and raised $200. Jordan’s Furniture matched their donation to bring the total donation to $400.
“The Spoons Project was started 16 years ago and students and teachers have been using it to learn about hunger in our state,” explained Emily Abbot of Project Bread. “The money
that was raised for Project Bread through selling decorated spoons will do twice as much work to help hungry people in our state with Jordan’s Furniture matches every donation, doubling [their] efforts.”
Added Jordan Smith, “Project Bread will use this money to provide programs to individuals and families in Massachusetts who struggle to put food on their tables.”
On Jan. 20, the students presented Project Bread with their check at a donation ceremony, along with the rest of the fourth-grade students in attendance.
“We hope this money will help provide food for hungry people during these cold winter months,” said student Caitlyn Sullivan.
The students took away valuable lessons from their participation.
“Through our participation in this project we learned about hunger in our community,” said Heather Cotter.
Added Sophia Correia: “We learned that by working together we can help to make a difference in people’s lives.”