I teach in a large urban public school in N.Y. The majority of our students are immigrants from very diverse backgrounds, including the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, West African and Latin America. More than half of our student population is learning English as a new language.
While culturally our students are diverse, economically 94% of our students come from low-income households and qualify to receive reduced price or free breakfast and lunch.
Recently the city’s initiative, “Breakfast in the Classroom” has been a very successful program in our school, which ensured that our students received the nutrients and energy needed to begin their academic day.
Despite the day-to-day obstacles, our students work very hard to get into well-reputed high schools within the City. In the recent years, a few of our alumni got acceptance to the city’s prestigious specialized high schools. Our students need your support to fund resources to further their education.
I have a wonderful, motivated group of students. They love to come to school to learn new things every day. We are a K-8 school, so in order to accommodate the younger children, my 8th graders are last to eat lunch. They eat breakfast at 8 am and they must wait until 1:30 pm for lunch. Due to this, by midday, no matter how motivated the students are, when hunger strikes, everyone shuts down.
Mid-day snacks would be a great way to keep the hunger at bay and continue to great work in class.
This would allow students to be alert, focused and motived to continue their daily tasks.
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