My students have so little, and I want to give them so much more. All of the students here come from homes below the poverty line, and I want them to have the chance to experience something that can influence their lives.
These students are so disadvantaged that many of them don't have access to the simplest supplies at home.
I want them to be exposed to as much as possible so that they don't fall behind in their future educational endeavors. They come from broken homes, are living with an aunt or grandparent instead of Mom and Dad, and many even come from homeless shelters or abused family shelters. They have a very bleak outlook on what life has to offer them and need to know they can make a difference in their lives with the power of an education.
I hate to be creating this project. I said that this is for seniors and will affect eighty kids, but it's really for any child who comes to me. My school is designated as "high poverty" but, I'm pretty sure if you're reading this, you don't really know what that means. I know I didn't until I came to this 6-12 school in the South Bronx. In the ten years I've been at this school, I've seen students come to class in the same dirty clothes day after day. I've seen students who felt embarrassed because they knew they smelled bad but couldn't do anything about it. I've had students ask me if they could stash extra lunches in my office fridge, so they could take them home later, because they knew they had nothing in the kitchen at home. This project means more to me than any other I've posted.
To say my students are disadvantaged is a horrible understatement.
My heart breaks daily, because some of the kids I count as my own come to school every day because they know they can count on getting two meals here. Some of them even come from group homes, because their parents have disappeared and/or given up on them. My God, that's your child....how can you do that? This project will provide the students of my school with the basic life essentials that you and I take for granted. I'm asking for simple hygiene products like shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc., that they can take home, because they don't have anything there. All the fancy Chromebooks and arts and craft supplies in the world can't replace a the basics they need to simply survive.
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