My students need snacks, clothing, and small toiletries items for themselves, the community members, and their families because of homelessness and being able to afford the basics are an important topic in our beautiful city.
Some of the students in our school endure many hardships throughout their lives. Some of our families have had to move in with relatives, sleep in their cars, or live in shelters during the school year. Being homeless is not the same for each family. But, the difficulties are often similar. Students leave school on Friday not knowing what the food situation is over the weekend. They come to school wearing the same outfit multiple days in a row. As a community we try to offer many in-school services to increase attendance and quality of life for our students and their families if the need arises.
Our students come to school with many concerns outside of their control.
In our classroom, we utilize teamwork and social skills to the fullest potential. Our school is a small school making a big difference for students who have been placed in our building for various personal or private reasons. Many of them do not have "typical" experiences prior to entering the school system. Here, they receive additional resources and opportunities such as a smaller class size, as well as strategies for social and emotional learning in addition to academic skills.
During the last school year, our district and school had several families who experienced some form of "homelessness". Being able to send home extra snacks, providing a change of clothing for accidents, and donating funds for shelters were all ways that we helped one another get through hard times. Several students utilized our new washer-dryer unit. All of our students benefit from breakfast and lunch during school hours.
When we are warm, fed, and able to follow basic hygiene norms, we have an easier time concentrating at school and focusing on work, family and friends.
This project will replenish items used up this spring and summer including snacks, socks, and various toiletries. These items have reduced the amount of illnesses and doctor visits that a child endures during the school year due to malnutrition, poor hygiene and lack of layered clothing in the winter. As a school community, we have had the opportunity to reach out to families through local resources and help them get what they needed in a timely fashion.
Parents face hardships in many communities and ours is not immune to struggles. When parents know that their children are fed, clean, and clothed; they have fewer stressors to work on solving. We are honored to work with DonorsChoose and various sponsors to replenish and enhance our in-school resources that families can utilize throughout the year.
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