I am a counselor at a single gender, K-12 public school school in the inner-city.
The population at my school is one hundred percent minority girls with approximately forty percent categorized as ESL or ELL.
All of my students are eligible for the free lunch program and live in low-income neighborhoods. District issues with staffing and resources are causing my students to miss educational experiences that will help them find success in college and beyond. These are wonderful, young ladies with a thirst for knowledge and my mission is to provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to rise above their current circumstances.
We are an all-girl school in desperate need of sanitary napkins for their monthly menstrual cycle. Many of our girls cannot afford to bring the necessary feminine products to school.
On a daily basis, I am asked by my students for hygiene items and I try always have extra supplies because the girls are almost never prepared for that moment!
Many of our girls are not even aware that their periods are going to be coming as they are in middle school. I have visits from the whole school because they know I have them ready. In addition, I try to get wipes and deodorant so that the girls can stop by and "freshen up" when they feel the need.
These supplies will help my girls feel comfortable and able to focus on their school work without embarrassment or shame!
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