Please join me in trying to make a better life for my students. One of my goals is to help students see that there is a bright future ahead of them and there are so many choices that are available to them.
Many of my students are experiencing homelessness this year.
It is so sad, seeing how this affects them each day. Sometimes they come to school hungry, tired, worried, or all of the above. Additionally, a large percentage of my class is in foster care, and several live with family members besides their mom or dad. Many of these children have had little or no stability in their lives. They are often moved from home to home, with few or no belongings. Many of them have at least one family member who is gang affiliated or in jail in a nearby prison.
Many of these babies have stories that no child should be able to tell. Many times school is the most stable place they know. Thank you in helping me to make their lives more enjoyable and stable while they are learning academically.
I have had homeless students in my class before. However, this year, I have quite a few. Many of them come to class hungry, upset, angry or scared. Many of them don't have the stability to help them feel safe. I have had several crying that they are hungry or need food.
How can you learn anything, when you are focusing on an empty tummy?
This is what several of my students have been struggling with this school year. They are on an emotional roller coaster with the uncertainty in their lives. By helping purchase Power Crunch bars, Cups of Noodle, Beef Jerky, and Quaker Oatmeal, you are helping to ensure, that they won't be worrying about their empty tummy anymore. They will begin to be able to focus on their work.
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