| Food first curriculum for grade 6 students |
I distinctly remember hearing Harry Chapin sing Flowers Are Red (see next page) for the first time in Bailey Hall at Cornell University on December 7, 1977. I have been singing it to myself ever since. This curriculum was designed in the spirit of helping all children see all the colors of the flowers.
When I first wrote those words in June 1981, little did I know that one month later a car wreck would tear Harry from this world. In his brief lifetime (1942-1981), Harry Chapin gave endlessly of himself to build a better world. Each year he played more than 200 concerts, over half of them benefits. He raised money for the arts, for social services, for Ralph Nader-affiliated groups, for political campaigns, and predominantly for anti-hunger organizations. In 1975 he and Bill Ayres founded World Hunger Year, Inc. (see page 16 to write for more information on WHY).
Harry combined boundless, vibrant energy with intense self-honesty to form a powerful, gentle, caring person. with his amazing ability to understand human emotions he reached out and touched people everywhere. He touched me. Listening to and talking with Harry Chapin changed the course of my life. In 1979 I rearranged my life to commit my future to social change. Perhaps this curriculum will spread a little Chapin-style enthusiasm for ending hunger to children who will never have a chance to experience Harry's warmth and enthusiasm.