Grade Level: 5-6
Student: Madalynn Jones
Teacher: Georganne Nuger
Chapter: Livermore EA
Cesar Chavez helped and inspired many people. His dedication to migrant farm workers and other issues left a lasting influence on many generations. He worked hard to use nonviolent activism to bring awareness to migrant farm workers’ plight by using marches and several hunger strikes. Cesar also saved the workers’ health by pointing out the dangers of pesticides. For instance, clubs such as Girl Scouts and 4-H follow in his footsteps by helping within their own community. “Together, all things are possible,” he once said. He showed that even the smallest amount of caring and assistance can make a big difference.
Every year, I bring in canned foods to my 4-H club. I also donate canned foods to Safeway and to my school. All of the provisions go to homeless people or individuals who need it. This is similar to Cesar working for the immigrants to receive better wages. It makes a lasting impact on me and the community because I know I am doing a good thing and as Cesar once said, “No one complains of the necessity of feeding a horse while he is not working, but we complain about feeding the men and women who work our lands. Is it possible that this state is so stupid, so vicious, and so greedy, that it cannot clothe and feed the men and women who help to make this the richest area in the world?”
Another thing I do for the community is donating clothes and books. I donate these items by giving them to friends, family, homeless people and those who are less fortunate. I also give clothes to Goodwill and then someone else buys them at a discounted price. These small acts can make a big difference in the lives of others, much like Cesar’s push for better housing conditions.
Around Christmas, I bring toys to my 4-H club for a program known as Toys 4 Tots. All members of the club wrap the toys to be delivered to children of all ages that either are in need or have lost special belongings due to terrible circumstances, such as floods or fires. It helps many people around the world and it makes me feel like I am a good person for contributing. As Cesar Chavez stated, “Together all things are possible.” Cesar Chavez demonstrated this through many actions, such as boycott of grapes and a thirty-six day fast to protest the use of heavy pesticides.
Both Cesar and I help the community in our own way. Every time I bring canned food for homeless or wrap presents for kids, I am doing a good thing, not just for the community, but the world. Cesar once proclaimed, “If you get together and stick together, you can make a difference.” Cesar Chavez never gave up on his efforts to improve the lives of the migrant farm workers just like I won’t give up trying to improve the lives of the less fortunate.