After reading a book about
Roberto Clemente, 5th grade ESL students at Wood Elementary decided that
they wanted to make a difference.
The students in Lindsay Ambrose’s ESL class made a list of ways they
could make a difference in their community. They then voted on the
class favorite, and “making a donation to Snack-in-a-Pack” won by a
Students spent one week researching hunger. They were fascinated by
how many people in the United States go hungry every day. Students wrote
persuasive letters to Central Vacuum Stores in an effort to receive a
donation. One student wrote that having her
classmates go to bed hungry was “simply unacceptable.”
Central Vacuum replied in less than a week. In the envelope was a
letter describing how the company thought the class was “a group of
superheroes for making a difference” and a check for $600. This money
will provide snacks for three Waynesville students
for an entire year.
5th grade ESL students expressed their gratitude to Central Vacuum
Stores for teaching them the power of their own voices, says Ambrose.