With the goal of making a connection between daily life, Jewish values, social justice, and enviromental stability, seventh graders took a field trip to Whole Foods and Safeway on Wednesday. Using the Sustainable Buying Guide of Hazon—a Jewish environmental organization—to guide them, the seventh graders practiced "Value-conscious Grocery Shopping." Working in groups, students were divided into sections of the grocery store (meat, dairy, fruits & vegetables, dry goods) to look into sustainable, local, and organic food; where the food comes from; and how much it costs. This was an exciting experience for our students that is relevant to their lives, teaches important values, and contributes to environmental sustainability resources in the Bay Area.
"Our students realized that they had never taken the time to examine the labels and wondered if others really did...They are looking forward to helping their parents shop and together making more mindful decisions in an effort to better our planet," said middle school Judaic studies teacher Jody Bloom. Read on for more information... MORE PHOTOS