Monday, October 8, 2012
Jacobs students find words and meaning at FISH Food Pantry (Sun-Times Media)
CARPENTERSVILLE — Packing eggs and butter into shopping carts in the back room at FISH Food Pantry, Danielle Blanchard was excited to use the Spanish she’d learned in four years of language classes at Jacobs High School in Algonquin in “the real world — to know that it means something.”
She also was nervous.
“I just don’t want to mess up. It’s my first time using it,” said Blanchard, 17, of Algonquin.
The senior was just one of eight students in Spanish IV at Jacobs who volunteered Wednesday morning at FISH (Friend, I Shall Help), inside the Meadowdale Mall along Route 25 near Besinger Drive.
They registered clients, paired with regular FISH volunteers behind computers at a trio of desks inside the doorway. They asked what foods those clients would like and told them to wait while their orders were prepared, then delivered those orders — oftentimes using Spanish, many said, for the first time outside the classroom.
And they were “a godsend,” according to FISH President Mary Graziano.
“It’s wonderful for them, but it’s fantastic for us, as well,” Graziano said.
For the rest of the story read Jacobs students find words and meaning at FISH Food Pantry (Sun-Times Media).
Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.