"Change the world with onigiri" campaign comes to Blair
On Nov. 18 and 24, Japanese 1 classes, with teacher Yoko Zoll, made rice balls to participate in the "Change the world with onigiri" campaign, started by an organization called Table for Two.
Table for Two is a non-profit organization committed to fighting world hunger and obesity by partnering with restaurants and other health food companies to serve healthy meals and get meals to impoverished countries. The "Change the world with onigiri" campaign comes from a traditional Japanese food, onigiri, or rice balls. Anyone can participate in the campaign by posting pictures of themselves eating rice balls. For every picture posted to the campaign website, partner organizations of Table for Two will donate five school meals to children in need. Zoll was excited about being able to help students in less fortunate countries. "I wanted to help out those students who are in need," she said.
Zoll prepared the rice balls for her two class periods. She made and washed 55 cups of rice, brought bottles of water from home, carried in three rice cookers to make the rice before school started and brought three different seasonings for the rice. "I brought the rice in two small suitcases and made a couple trips to my car that morning," Zoll said of the various supplies needed to make the rice balls.
A few teachers also showed up during their free periods after Zoll invited them. Magnet teachers David Stein and James Schafer and social studies teacher Kevin Moose showed up to try for themselves.
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