Help me give my students daily snacks so we can be energized to learn!
Have you ever had to sit through a meeting with a growling stomach? How much information did you retain when you were distracted by your hunger? Now imagine how difficult it must be for a child to sit in school while wondering where their next meal is going to come from.
"One in four kids in the US faces hunger" -Jeff Bridges.
Nearly all of my students come from very low-income households. Many of my students go without basic needs. Every child at my school receives a free breakfast and nearly all students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.
Amid the challenges that face my students, they crave the chance to achieve academic success in a low stress, play-based environment. These materials will provide my first graders with the freedom to explore and take risks.
Do you remember bringing snacks to school to share with your classmates as a child? It was something we each looked forward to throughout the day! Tragically, many of my students come from very low income families which cannot afford the basics, let alone snacks to share.
My students need daily snacks, such as granola bars and crackers, to fill their tummies and help keep them focused.
Food is a necessity for life. The psychological effects of hunger on education are startling. Hunger can cause depression, anxiety, withdrawal, and behavioral problems. All of these obstruct a child trying to learn. Without food, it is virtually impossible to focus on learning. We have breakfast at 7:30 and don't go to lunch until 12:00. When you're 6, that can seem like a lifetime. I cannot guarantee my students will have snacks when they get home, but I can make sure that their tummies are full while they're with me!
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