Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Members of my family are addicted to games on their computers or cell phones such as Free Cell, Spider Solitaire, Bejeweled, and Tetris. I suppose I’m missing the fun, but I’ve never played any of them. With my crazy schedule, I don’t need another distraction from writing, and I consider those games a waste of time.
FreeRice—A Different Story.
FreeRice is a game that builds your vocabulary while ending world hunger. Now, that’s worth my time.
The FreeRice website says:
FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program in partnership with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Through generous sponsors, FreeRice has two goals:
1. Provide education to everyone for free.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
How do my answers to a vocabulary game earn rice donations?
For each correct answer, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.
Do I really make a difference by playing FreeRice?
Yes, the rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it. According to the United Nations, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. Though 10 grains of rice may seem like a small amount, it is important to remember that while you are playing thousands of other people are also playing at the same time. Together, everyone makes the difference. Since October 2007, FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed millions of people.
How to Play
* Click on your answer to a multiple-choice vocabulary question.
* If your answer is correct, you’ll get a harder question. If your answer is incorrect, you’ll get an easier question.
* For each right answer, 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program.
*Topics range from a variety of subjects from art, chemistry, English, geography, math and foreign languages.
WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may also enhance your speaking, writing, and thinking skills. Your grades, and job performance may also improve. What’s more, you might feel good about that time you’re wasting on your computer.
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