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DHS Freshmen to Showcase Learning on Hunger Project

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DHS Freshmen to Showcase Learning on Hunger Project
Posted on 03/23/2015

Deering High School’s freshman class will hold an exhibition on Friday, March 27, that will showcase what the students have learned in a monthlong project-based learning initiative on hunger and food security.

The freshman class has invited the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System, Portland city councilors and School Board members to be an “authentic audience” for the culmination of the project- based learning initiative on the issues of hunger and food security. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Deering High School.

During the month of March, Deering teachers and freshman students have engaged in common experiences in math, English, science and social studies to create public service announcements, letters to policy makers, photo voice projects, and other creative products to examine the driving questions of: “Why do hunger and poverty exist?” “What are the challenges we face in dealing with hunger and poverty?” and “What can students do at Deering to improve food security?”

The month began with a kickoff event with Portland Mayor Michael Brennan,  Maine Senator Justin Alfond, Portland Public Schools’ Food Services Director Ron Adams, a video message from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and Deering junior Maryan Isack sharing information on their work to improve food security on the local and state and national level and motivating the students to take on the challenge of examining and finding solutions to hunger and poverty.

The exhibit on March 27 will showcase the work the students have completed since the initial event.

After the exhibition of learning. Deering also will be hosting the Mayor’s Initiative for the group’s monthly meeting. The primary agenda item will be youth involvement in food issues. During the meeting, a youth group from Cultivating Community will present their Photovoice exhibit, a collection of photos taken by students to reflect on their experiences and perceptions regarding food security, and to advocate for social change.