Somersfield students serve the community
Teenage schoolchildren cooked and delivered meals to struggling families last week as part of a community service project.
M5 pupils at Somersfield Academy spent the week volunteering for a feeding programme at Christ Church in Warwick.
Aisling Homan, 16, said that they delivered food to families with as many as six children, some babies. She added: “We recognised how different lives in Bermuda can be.
“We have a lot of food and a lot of privilege, but it's a completely different world for others and they need people to help them.”
Aisling, from Hamilton Parish, said that the group provided three meals a day over the week for three families.
It made her happy to give to those in need and she hopes to do so once again in the future.
“It was fun because we were getting to spend time with other people while also giving back to the community.”
The pupils took part in the food programme to fill a community service requirement for their International Baccalaureate programme.
They used the kitchen at Somersfield Academy in Devonshire to prepare meals and delivered them with the help of Carolyn Amaral, the teacher who co-ordinated the project.
Ian Forbes, 15, admitted that he was apprehensive to return to school because he wanted to protect his health but he enjoyed the chance to see his friends and help others.
Ian said: “I found it to be enriching to help people and give back to the community because we're definitely more fortunate than other kids.”
Ian, from Smith's, said it warmed his heart to see the gratitude the families had when he helped deliver their food.
“They really don't have much — we went to their houses and it's in rough areas or their electricity wasn't running, so it's been very enriching. I would love to do something like this again.”
Zoe Hasselkuss, 15, initially enjoyed the cooking aspect of the project but became much more interested in giving back.
She said: “I think it was really fun just making food but it was also really meaningful seeing the people's faces and how happy they were when we gave them the food.”
The Paget resident said that she was grateful to have an “eye-opening experience” that showed her just how many people struggled to make ends meet on the island.
She said: “It might be in different ways, but I still want to continue to help people that are less privileged than me. I might give away my old books to schools or children that might need them.”
Ms Amaral said that the project gave students a chance to see first-hand, the impact that Covid-19 had on some families.
She explained: “The pandemic has left at-risk families in an even more precarious situation.
“Even though we were only providing food and funds for a week, the project offered the students the chance to understand that they had the ability to make a positive and meaningful impact.”
The pupils will give reflections about the project on the school's cooking club blog.