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Travis Scarfpin, left, and Nathan Davis toast to their fortune as part of the wealthy class.

Travis Scarfpin, left, and Nathan Davis toast to their fortune as part of the wealthy class.

World hunger by class

Students at McKinney Middle School had a physical lesson in hunger and global class systems during this week’s Wellness Week. On Tuesday the Dayton chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice led a workshop in which the students were divided into the world’s populations of upper, middle and lower classes and fed according to economic status. Wealthy students were served plated meat sandwiches and fresh fruits and vegetables, while the middle class ate cheese and bread and the lower class huddled in the corner with one communal rice bowl and a jug of water. Students shared how they felt after the exercise, with some saying “full,” and “greedy” and others saying they felt “angry,” “claustrophobic,” “insecure” and “unfair.” The students then applied the concepts closer to home, engaging in an exercise and discussion on class disparity among their own classmates.

The event related to the current year’s investigation of the theme of hunger by McKinney and YSHS students.

Other events going on for this week’s seventh and eighth grade Wellness Week include a Project Brite Star teen suicide prevention workshop, a Daybreak event about at-risk youth, self esteem and respect, and a drug abuse prevention workshop by the district’s substance abuse counselor Charles Tipton of TCN Behavioral Health Services.


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