In our English lessons we recently read the novel „Stone Cold“ in class. We are convinced that it is important to actually make a difference and not just talk about what you could potentially do. After having learnt about homelessness in the last couple of weeks we should now take action. If not us, who? Seeing how some people have money to excess not knowing what to do with it and others barely being able to survive on it is really sad. That is why we as the 9d wanted to contribute. Nothing will change if nobody is ready to do something about it. Everyone can make a difference and every small action counts.
It was not so easy to find something with which we can help people in need, because we had many ideas and also discussed what can be done. The main idea would be to raise money for the homeless. After giving it some thought, we concluded a bake sale would be the most effective way to do so. However, instead of just donating the money to an organization, we decided it would send a more personal message if we also packed lunch bags with a part of the collected money and later handed them out individually. After we had agreed on the bake sale, it was time for the detailed planning. We decided that we would use both breaks to sell the cakes. We put flyers on every corner of the school building stating clearly what we were going to do and when we were going to do it. We sent out two people from the class and they made several announcements and we created a poster that would explain our project. The day of the sale had arrived and we were so excited and happy to see so many students and teachers buying cakes. At the end of the day, we had emptied all the cake plates, which was a great joy for all of us. We collected 199,58 Euros that day, which allowed us to start our second task. We wanted to make packed lunches for homeless people and distribute them. So we sent a group of seven people out to buy the food. We were able to fill 30 lunch bags for 53,68 Euros, which we then could give to homeless people. Seven volunteers agreed to distribute the lunches after school. At the end of the day, all the lunches were successfully distributed and we were left with 145,90 Euros, which we then decided to donate to the “Bahnhofsmission Hamburg” for them to do more good.
A huge thank you goes out to all the students and teachers who bought cake that day and especially always in large quantities and who still gave more money than necessary, because with this project we were able to put a smile on the faces of people in need. It is important to remember that even a small nice gesture can be really meaningful to the person receiving it. Making a difference doesn’t only mean donating large amounts of money. It can also mean holding a door open for someone, or giving a homeless person your change. So, just because it is a small step, doesn’t mean it is not bringing you closer to the goal.
Many greetings, Class 9d
(written for class 9d by Jazib, Panagiotis, Kajsa, Emma | English, Ms Becker)