We are a Title I school located in North Chicago. In my classroom, I have 21 wonderful energetic hard working dual-language kindergarten learners that aim to please and have made so much growth this year. Despite living arrangements, poverty, and low socioeconomic hardships, our kids continued to strive simply because their needs were being met. Our school is much more than a place to learn. It was an extension of the home, where their needs were met in many ways, with food being the most important one.
While schools continue closed, our students face many hardships that are unimaginable by many. Not only was school a safe place but it was their home. True, many academics became hindered due to their families' financial struggles, lacking access to supplies and the internet to learn virtually but in addition the absence of food.
These snacks will help keep their bellies filled as we continue to accommodate their learning needs.
As Maslow Law states, when a lower need is met, the next need on the hierarchy becomes our focus of attention. Being hungry is first on the hierarchy, along with sleep, that these snacks can help meet so that learning can be focused on, engaged in, and growth met.
Our school helped close this GAP offering free lunch, veggies and fruits, and many times snacks supplied by myself in the classroom. Being out of school just adds to this hardship, because that access to food is gone. This is why, during the current crisis, it is more important than ever to feed our children.
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