|Ways to pray, learn and share: School
- At usccb.org/globalpoverty, sign up your school to be part of the one million Catholic voices raised up to confront global poverty. This will also allow you to get regular updates about new resources and ways your school can be involved in Catholics Confront Global Poverty in the future.
- Tell or read and discuss stories that promote peace, global awareness, and principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Suggestions include:
- Old Turtle,by Douglas Wood and Cheng-Khee Chee. Scholastic Press, 1992
- A Million Visions of Peace: Wisdom from the Friends of Old Turtle,by J. Garrison and A. Tubesing. Pfeifer Hamilton, 1996.
- The King’s Fountain,by Lloyd Alexander. Dutton Juvenile, 1989.
- Use the stories at usccb.org/globalpoverty to illustrate the impact of global poverty on real people. Have students engage with the stories in one of the following ways:
- Have students illustrate what happened in the stories.
- Have each student read one of the stories and then tell the story, in his or her own words, to a partner.
- Have students create and put on a skit about one of the stories.
- Use the stories as a lead-in to help students understand the basics of one or more of the issues of focus for Catholics Confront Global Poverty. These issues include: foreign aid, peace, debt, trade, natural resources, climate change, and immigration. Learn how these issues affect real people around the world by reading the stories at usccb.org/globalpoverty.
- Assign as homework the global poverty podcasts at usccb.org/globalpoverty.
- After students learn about one of the issues, have them choose one issue that is the focus of an “Action Alert” issue and write an e-mail message to an elected official about that issue.
- Encourage your class or school to “Face the Fast” by participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Food Fast, a 24-hour hunger awareness program for Catholic youth. Food Fast teaches youth about issues faced by their peers in the developing world; encourages youth to take action on behalf of the poor and hungry; and calls youth to share their perspectives and knowledge about our world with their community to create lasting change in our world.
- Visit the Faithful Citizenship Young Catholic website at faithfulcitizenship.org/youth to learn about how to be a “faithful citizen” who works to address issues affecting the poor and vulnerable.
- Ask students to read and discuss stories that promote peace, global awareness, and principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Suggestions include:
- The Quiltmaker’s Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau. Scholastic Press, 2000.
- Peace Tales, edited by Margaret MacDonald, August House, 2005
- Prayer without Borders, Celebrating Global Wisdom, edited by Barbara Ballenger. Catholic Relief Services, 2004.
Encourage students to visit the Youth Advocate page at usccb.org/sdwp/yaryouth.shtml for ideas on how to be a voice for the poor in your community and in the world.
- View the DVD, The Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S. Mexico Border, available from crs.org/dramaproject/. This stage drama by Villanova University theater students tells the story of immigration from all sides of the issue. After the video, have a class discussion about the issues raised in the video.
- Have students find out if your school brews coffee that is “Fair Trade certified.” This certification means that the producers are part of a poverty alleviation program that guarantees producers a fair wage. Organize a sale of fair trade coffee and chocolate at your church or school and encourage these groups to use fair trade coffee regularly. Go to the Catholic Relief Services web site crsfairtrade.org to find out more about fair trade coffee and chocolate.