I am a teacher of twenty awesome students. Each child comes to our class with a different story to tell.
I teach in an urban school where all of my students receive free breakfast/lunch.
They often come to school without basics: coats, gloves, backpacks, clean clothes, hygiene, etc. I often spend the twenty minutes in the morning just getting my kids ready for the day with their basic needs so that they can focus on school and not worry about hygiene, clothing, etc. They did not come to school with supplies. I provided all of that for them.
Despite all of the struggles my students face at home, when they come to school they're happy and motivated. I often have all of my students present daily because our classroom is their escape. When they come to school, they know they are safe and someone cares about them.
Our classroom is set up in a way where they have leadership roles, partner work, and independent work are done daily, and we are constantly working on our character traits of kindness and empathy.
I teach in an area that has extreme poverty. During the school day, I use food constantly as motivators. I also make sure I give them a snack at the end of the day.
The last edible thing that most of my students get everyday is the snack I give them at the end of the school day.
Then their next meal is the breakfast at school the next day. A lot of my students come in starving on Mondays because they have not eaten all weekend. These snacks would give them the nourishment they need when they are not at school. It would give them one less worry knowing they have snacks in their backpack to eat when they are hungry or bouncing house to house.
The cleaning wipes would clean our classroom so that students won't get sick and can be in school to get the nourishment they need.
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