CROSS RIVER, N.Y. John Jay High School students participated in a project throughout the past month that helped provide rice donations to the World Food Program.
Students in teacher Kathleen Daileys international relations class sponsored a Free-Rice-a-thon in December, in conjunction with the celebration of the creation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. After researching human rights, the class selected FreeRice, a non-profit organization run by the United Nations World Food Program, as a service project to help alleviate hunger in the world.
Students logged onto www.freerice.com , where they answered trivia questions on an assortment of topics in the subjects of geography, English, science, math and fine arts. For each correct answer, grains of rice were donated to the World Food Program.
The John Jay students collectively contributed more than 718,000 grains of rice, which FreeRice is providing to Cambodia. The top contributor for the upperclassmen was Max Vuolo and the top contributor for the underclassmen was Jeff Sorkin.