We are a non-profit charter school on the East side of Indianapolis. The East side is a low-income, high-crime area. Each student receives free breakfast and free lunch, every day. For many of them, those two meals are all they get each day. If most families are unable to afford dinner each day, one can imagine all other areas are lacking as well. Most of my students are without the basic necessities to maintain basic hygiene.
For most of my students, school is the most normal part of their day.
My students are middle schoolers; a crucial age to proper hygiene. With bodies changing and social lives being built, it is essential for my students to have access to personal hygiene materials. Their hygiene, or lack thereof, plays a factor in how well they can work in school.
Although we try to help them out and provide as much as we can, my students still face many challenges and are without many basic necessities. My students deserve so much more than they have. Having the capacity to readily meet our students’ unmet needs would be another valuable way we can support our students.
The items I chose will allow my students to go throughout their day as normal as possible. These items will help improve my students’ overall hygiene, while improving their mental health, psychological state, productivity, and social relationships.
These items will allow students to brush their teeth, put on deodorant, sanitize their hands, clean their bodies, moisturize their skin, and meet other basic needs.
We have a washing machine and dryer in the school where we wash uniforms, jerseys, and jackets/coats. Multiple students are without water in their homes or are homeless, but would be able to use these materials at school and feel better about themselves. They are going through so many changes in their lives; these very basic items will mean so much and make such a difference!
I plan to use these items as a teaching tool about personal hygiene, and then create packages to send home, while keeping other packages at school for the students without homes or water. Being in middle school is difficult enough, not having access to basic hygiene products should not be another challenge our students face.
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