Get Out of Your Comfort Zone – Serving at a Community Kitchen!

As a part of my two week summer class, Multicultural Practicumme and my classmates went to the North Iowa Community Kitchen to help serve. We did this as a way to connect to the local community and to see how community can play a huge role in the schools.

At first I was skeptical about volunteering and how it would relate to my life as a teacher, but after serving, I really felt encouraged. In fact, I think that it’s essential for teachers, if possible, to get their students out to a Kitchen or other place where they can volunteer. For a few hours or for that day, students can see outside their personal bubbles and to step into someone else’s shoes.

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Me and my fellow classmates making sandwiches and serving food

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Serving at the Kitchen allowed me to connect and talk to people I wouldn’t normally talk to, and it made me feel really good–I was making a difference, even if it was a small one! I think it’s a valuable experience for students, and even adults to volunteer! It helps us to see how fortunate we are, and helps us to get a glimpse of the reality of poverty, or how a community really does shape a school system.

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