I teach in a low income/high poverty school district where 100% of the students in the school receive free breakfast and lunch. Despite coming from a disadvantaged neighborhood, the students come to school very happy and very eager to learn every day.
The students that I have in my classroom that I service have Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities.
They all vary with different strengths and abilities, and they need support to help to communicate and function socially with others.
Being a special needs student can come with many difficult challenges. Some of those challenges can occur during breakfast and lunchtime. Over half of my students have dietary restrictions, and are picky eaters, and their food must come from home. A mini fridge is very much needed, so that I can store all the students' lunches that need to be refrigerated during the day before breakfast and lunchtime. A microwave is needed so my Teacher Assistant or I can easily heat up the students' food, without having to worry about leaving the classroom and having to run back and forth to the teachers' lounge to do so.
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