The students at my school are enthusiastic, eager, and adventurous learners. They are beginning to take risks and are accountable for their own learning to be successful and make positive differences to the world they are living in. Many of my students' families have traveled in search of a better education for their children.
Many of our families in our low-income, urban community are facing various challenges, including homelessness, while trying to provide an education for their children.
Despite these challenges at home, our students show up to school with smiles on their faces, eager to learn. It is important that we continue to support these students' desire to learn by providing them with the basic necessities that are required for them to feel safe and happy.
In our elementary school complex, we currently have about 350 students experiencing homelessness. These children and their families require our support in order to be able to continue to attend school and maintain a sense of routine despite their difficult circumstances. One small way in which we can give that support is by providing some of the essential items for these children and their families.
Our elementary parent liaison has set up a resource closet in our elementary school complex, where we maintain a store of clothing and necessities--such as new underwear and socks, towels and washcloths, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste for families in need of support.
Students and families who are experiencing homelessness can come in or ask for the items they need. Teachers and social workers who identify specific needs can retrieve needed items from the closet to give to students. We would like to see this closet filled up for the start of the school year so that these students can be healthy and safe, and to provide their families with some relief.
By making it a bit easier for students in these situations to maintain good health and hygiene habits, we can relieve their families of this worry and make it possible for students to be able to focus more on their academics and "being kids" while at school.
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