Currently, I am teaching a self-contained kindergarten and first grade classroom. All my students have special needs and varying levels of ability. I also closely work with the first and second grade self-contained classroom in our building as well. Our students come from a low-income community, and there is a struggle for supplies, food items, and various items to keep up with health and hygiene.
Each of these students has their own unique needs and ways of learning but they have one thing in common: they need to be successful.
With this being said, my students need opportunities to accommodate their needs and their socioeconomic status so that we break down the barriers facing their education. A multitude of our students struggle with homelessness, transient lifestyles, and financial struggles that are beyond their control.
These struggles are things that our students face but cannot fix themselves. They may come to school hungry, tired, or unclean. It is my goal to provide for my students so they can be successful. I would like to provide my homeless students and students in need with snacks to help them at school and at home and clothing for the unexpected.
My special education students come from a variety of home situations. Many times students and families may struggle with homelessness, hungry, or lack of financial stability. These families may struggle to provide necessary snacks and clothing for their children to have at school.
I do not want my students to worry about their hunger or changes of clothes therefore I want to be able to provide snacks, breakfast items, and clothing to my students when needed.
This will minimize the stress put on families that do not have the means to provide these items. My students as well as other experiencing homelessness or distress will be able to have snacks during the school day, breakfast items when needed, and clean clothes in the case of accidents or emergencies.
Families that are struggling have plenty to worry about therefore I would like to do what I can to take the pressure off those that are struggling and break down the barriers these students may face when coming into the classroom.
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