By Irem Sogutlugil,
With Christmas just a few days away, the season of giving has come and people are finding ways to give back to the community.
Davis High English teacher Janine Widman has decided to assign all her students a project which involves helping out the homeless community in Davis. The idea came up after her classes had read “Of Mice and Men,” which focuses on loneliness and the importance of friendship.
Students are told to group up and come up with their own way of helping out.
Maya McHale, a sophomore in one of Widman’s English classes, has grouped up with five other girls. Together, they have come up with a creative way of helping the homeless.
Her group is planning on putting on an art show at the Davis Art Center featuring paintings of the homeless from DHS students. They will ask for donations that they will then give to the homeless shelter.
McHale believes it is important to help out the homeless in Davis.
“I think that everyone should be trying to help the homeless people in our community, instead of trying to pretend they don’t exist, as a lot of people do,” McHale said.
Hailey Cavanaugh, Sarah Whittle and Emily Meyer are three other students that are working on the homeless project for Widman. They are going to visit the Legal Services of Northern California to ask workers there about how they help the homeless and later will help the homeless community themselves.
Cavanaugh, Whittle, and Meyer all believe that this project is an important learning experience.
“Mrs. Widman wanted us to do this project to better our community as well as remember how fortunate we are,” Cavanaugh said.