A Hunger Games simulation helped high school students develop global awareness of poverty and how it feels to be hungry when others are fed.
The repercussions of poverty were clear to Jaydee Curtis the morning she found out she was a middle class person. She ate half a frosted graham cracker, while students who drew the low class card only got a quarter of a frosted graham cracker during the poverty simulation.
“Today, we saw it up close, and we realized how much poverty there is in the world,” Curtis said.
The Western Dubuque Hunger Banquet was a student led event designed to increase awareness of global and local hunger. Students and teachers participated, drawing cards to determine their class. 50 percent drew the low class card sitting on the floor receiving one quarter of a frosted graham cracker. 30 percent drew the middle class card and received one half a frosted graham cracker while sitting on the bleachers. The remaining 20 percent with the upper class card ate ice cream sundaes at tables.
Over 900 students participated. Groups who assisted included the National Honor Society and Student Council. The event was modeled off the Oxfam Hunger Banquet.