I teach middle and high school band in a high-needs community. The school district is very small and in an urban setting. Our students all receive free lunch and breakfast. Even though the school and community have financial difficulties, my students come to school eager and ready to learn. The financial hardships do not interfere with their desire to learn and be the best they can be.
I am very fortunate to teach in a district where the students want to excel and work very hard.
My kids are in the marching band. We ask more and more of them every year. They participate in football games, parades, and so many other events. However, they live in an urban environment where they're not well fed outside of school. My assistants and I spend months before band camp and band season, trying to figure out how we're going to feed these 60 kids. These chips, pretzels and other snacks will be used during football game to give the kids a little pick-me-up, to get them through the evening. We expect so much from our kids, we are doing everything that we can to help them.
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