Log In

Reset Password

Somersfield students serve the community

First Prev 1 2 3 4 Next Last

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.

Helping hands: Grayson Toogood and Ian Forbes prepare meals for families struggling through the pandemic (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Aisling Homan and Zoe Hasselkuss prepare meals for families struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Somersfield Academy pupils prepare meals for families struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Somersfield Academy pupils prepare meals for families struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published June 17, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated June 17, 2020 at 9:25 am)

Somersfield students serve the community

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon