I am a social worker at an urban middle school where the need is high and funding is low. Yet our students continue to work hard to show success academically, socially and emotionally. On an average year they come to school consistently to learn and take needed services with open arms.
When given the right resources our students can not only succeed but soar.
Paired with their resilience, their dedication and GRIT these students can conquer the difficulties they face outside of the building. My wish as a support is to help make those difficulties less of a burden on their success.
I am requesting uniform pants, skirts and shorts to increase my students' chances of being successful. We have always been told to "dress for success" or to "dress for the job we want, not one one we have". What does that look like when you aren't able to afford the clothing needed to be successful? It looks like head down, walking fast, trying not to be noticed. It looks like an unnecessary confrontation by an adult. It looks like school refusal and embarrassment.
We require students to wear uniforms, but we don't have the funds to support that requirement for families who struggle financially.
This impacts the students' ability to learn, to feel confident and increases the burden they so heavily carry. I am asking for funds for school bottoms -- black and tan pants, shorts, skirts for the students in our school who are not able to afford them.
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