One of my students is a 17-year old who arrived in February of last year from Guatemala. He left his country as an unaccompanied minor because there were gangs threatening to kill members of his family. So he left with a coyote (human trafficker), who dropped him off at the border and told him to fend for himself.
He had to not only survive with no food and water for days in the desert, but he also had to dodge narcotraffickers who control the waterways and land near the border.
He spotted several gallons of water in the desert as he traveled, but his coyote had warned him not to take them because immigration likes to put sensors under water and food as bait. He ended up being caught by immigration officials who sent dogs and a horse after him. He could not move after the horse bit his shirt and grabbed on.
Months later, after he had settled into school, he went to the emergency hospital because we found out he had a terrible kidney infection from drinking dirty water during his time in the desert. Thankfully, he has made a full recovery.
I work in a high-poverty inner-city school with immigrant students who all have stories similar to the student above -- they have just arrived in the country; therefore, I cannot ask my students to bring in classroom supplies like many other teachers.
My colleagues and I literally spend thousands of dollars each year on supplies like these.
My students will greatly benefit from these supplies simply for hygienic purposes (facial tissue) and for basic projects that we do on a weekly basis.
We do a lot of project-based learning in our classes, and poster boards are an essential part of showcasing our students' work in the hallway. Markers, colored pencils, sharpeners, and other items are constantly used up in our classes for this.
We are also preparing for our yearly International Day celebration--each year in May, we have a festival at our school to teach the native students about Central American culture and immigration processes. It is a big community event, and we use lots of supplies in preparation for this. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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