Lesson on the Great Depression Leads Students to Help Those in Need

After learning about the Great Depression in John Steinbeck’s novel “Of Mice and Men,” three classes of English students were compelled to help community members in need.

Students from Mr. Martello’s, Mr. Woythaler’s and Mr. Morris’s English classes recently put together 50 bath rolls filled with shower supplies for the nonprofit Interfaith Nutrition Network of Hempstead, which serves as a soup kitchen and community outreach center.

The bath rolls will be presented to guests of the INN, where newly installed showers allow for up to 40 guests to shower each day.

All of the bath rolls and supplies were collected by students with the help of a service-learning grant from the Carle Place Education Foundation.

Aside from complementing their studies on “Of Mice and Men,” the service learning project also involved the class viewing an informational video produced by the INN that showed the struggles of its guests, many of whom are day laborers and migrant workers.

The students were quickly able to see the parallels between the Depression of the 1930s and the current recession.