My students come to school looking for a sense of community and safe harbor. Over 95% of my students qualify for free lunch, with many of their parents working two jobs. Now, with the health crisis, many parents are struggling with the additional challenges of job, housing and food insecurity as well as the mental health challenges of raising a family in one of the epicenters, Newark, NJ. All of my parents care deeply about education, but their ability to navigate the technological challenges and supply the materials and experiences needed to create a varied educational experience varies greatly. Fortunately, I have been able to provide distance learning via Chromebook and mailed activities to all but two of my students who I cannot locate. Please help me, as I help students and families address critical unmet needs and keep the learning going!
The hardest students for me to reach are the ones that are under the most pressure. Families that have not received a stimulus check because they haven't filed taxes yet. Those families that don't qualify for unemployment. Those that are fully employed and trying to do it all for both their children and their parents!
When I ask, what do you need, its toiletries and school supplies!
These items are very costly for my families and are hard to find within walking distance of their homes. Thankfully, our school has a wonderful parent liaison and several dedicated parents in addition to myself who are already delivering meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can be assured that these much needed supplies will reach their intended recipients quickly and reliably.
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