I teach 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading. My students are in those intermediate years where they are discovering their interests, their talents, and are truly discovering who they're going to be someday. These early teenage years are crucial in the development of those future realities and I believe in those dreams. However, some students face greater obstacles than others...
Above all else, my students are survivors.
While the end of intermediate school and the beginning of high school is an exciting time in the lives of these students, the truth is that they have collectively survived a turbulent and trying year that began with Hurricane Harvey. The results were as diverse as my students themselves. The area where my students live was devastated by major flooding. Our school withstood the storm, but the surrounding homes and neighborhoods were overwhelmed with flood waters. Many of my students, colleagues, and their families lost everything.
Despite their losses, my students banded together with the local community and helped where they could. A nearby intermediate school, our district rival, lost their building and we took them in under our roof. This is the spirit of survival and hospitality my students possess!
A fridge and a microwave? Is this woman serious? Yes! I routinely provide water, Gatorade, string cheese, Gogurt, popcorn, and various other snacks to my athletes and after-school tutorial students. And I do not have ease of access to keep these items fresh and cool.
There is nothing more heartbreaking than a hungry student!
I currently keep cold items in the teacher's lounge downstairs, but have limited access to these items especially when supervising after-school students. It can also be difficult to discreetly provide food to students without lunches due to this situation. Providing students with snacks, materials, and various other supplies are part of the commitment I make to my students, but further resources are limited by own ability to provide them. I can not express to you how grateful we would be for these items!
And a coffeemaker? Well, caffeine keeps this teacher fueled.
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