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CITVC Rice Game Activity Provides Engaging Method For Students to Give Back

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Bushra Choudhury '19
30 November 2018

On Tuesday, November 27th, and Wednesday, November 28th, Ms. Kathleen Menake's Contemporary Issues Through Videoconferencing (CITVC) classes took a break from their conferences to partake in a unique, charitable tradition: the Free Rice Activity. Since the 2010-2011 school year, Ms. Menake's CITVC classes spend time playing on, a website which donates rice to people in impoverished areas. With a good cause in mind and an enjoyable outlet to make a difference, students were able to donate over 150,000 grains of rice this year.

During the two-day activity, students utilize a website called, which is owned by the World Desktop view of free ; photo credit: Bushra Choudhury '19
Food Programme. "Freerice" is an ad-supported, free-to-play website that allows players to donate rice through its variety of multiple-choice style quiz games. Some of the subjects include
SAT Prep, World Landmarks, Chemistry, Basic Math, Grammar, and Famous Quotations. The rice donated is covered by the expenses sponsors pay to advertise. For each question a user gets right, ten grains of rice are donated.  

For the students in both sections, playing the game was rewarding in several ways. With numbers being involved, students' competitive tendencies came out as they tried to get the most correct answers. Also, given the content of the website, students Period 5 CITVC playing on free; photo credit: Ms. Kathleen Menake had the opportunity to sharpen their knowledge in different subject areas. However, the ultimate benefit was knowing that they were helping people in need.

"I think that Free Rice is such a great, yet simple, way to improve others' lives," Grace Rose '19, who managed to contribute over 13,000 grains, said. "It put into perspective how much each bowl means to someone else." 

After two days of playing, both CITVC classes were able to donate a grand total of 156,070 grains. Although this activity strays from a typical day in the course, instructor Ms. Menake thinks this activity is one of the many ways her students can be Totals from Period 5 and 7; photo credit: Bushra Choudhury '19 global citizens, which is a core principle of her class.

"My students study, explore and investigate world problems on a daily basis. My hope is for my students to be able to make a contribution not just to the dialogue in my classroom, but also outside my classroom," commented Ms. Menake. "Students often ask what actions can an individual take to make an impact on this world and participating in the mission of is a great place to start."

For more information on how to contribute to the World Food Programme, visit For a mobile friendly version of the website, visit