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I teach 7th grade Language Arts. Part of students' monthly work is a writing assignment. After 11 years in the classroom, I can tell you that the most heartfelt written pieces come from personal experience. According to the Center for Disease Control, rural communities have a slightly higher number of illicit drug users than urban communities. This means that the children in rural communities are battling more than others. They often come to school tired due to lack of a schedule. They show up hungry. They walk in drained. We expect them to learn, yet we often fail to address their daily life. It has been my firsthand experience that students in rural communities, like the one I teach in, need more resources and education about drug use, abuse, and addiction. Last year, I asked my students one question. It was, "What do we need to do to make your parents understand the importance of education?" They answered with a resounding, "EDUCATE THEM!" These young adults, children by any other standard, want their parents to know that they can break cycles. As an educator, my goal is not to focus on the one subject for which I'm hired. My goal is to weave in real life so that students can write from a place of peace, healing, growth, and hope. Without proper education on the problems plaguing them, the subject of English will never matter on its own. I need to use these books to spur discussion, brainstorming, and writing, so that hope will prevail and these children/young adults will not perpetuate cycles of addiction.

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I teach 7th grade Language Arts. Part of students' monthly work is a writing assignment. After 11 years in the classroom, I can tell you that the most heartfelt written pieces come from personal experience. According to the Center for Disease Control, rural communities have a slightly higher number of illicit drug users than urban communities. This means that the children in rural communities are battling more than others. They often come to school tired due to lack of a schedule. They show up hungry. They walk in drained. We expect them to learn, yet we often fail to address their daily life. It has been my firsthand experience that students in rural communities, like the one I teach in, need more resources and education about drug use, abuse, and addiction. Last year, I asked my students one question. It was, "What do we need to do to make your parents understand the importance of education?" They answered with a resounding, "EDUCATE THEM!" These young adults, children by any other standard, want their parents to know that they can break cycles. As an educator, my goal is not to focus on the one subject for which I'm hired. My goal is to weave in real life so that students can write from a place of peace, healing, growth, and hope. Without proper education on the problems plaguing them, the subject of English will never matter on its own. I need to use these books to spur discussion, brainstorming, and writing, so that hope will prevail and these children/young adults will not perpetuate cycles of addiction.

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