Our school is a small haven of hope in the north end of a large urban area. All students in our school receive free breakfast and lunch.
All students in our school are young people who have struggled in the typical school setting.
Our students have either been expelled or are in need of an alternative type setting. While our program works on making sure our students grow academically, we work one on one with each child to discover what their individual barriers to success are and work with them to gain strategies that will be beneficial to them, not only in school but in life.
Many of our students have had a negative experience when it comes to school. Our program works to help students find their learning styles, their strengths and their voice so that they are able to better advocate for themselves.
My students live in the inner city. They face the challenges of life on a daily basis with courage and strength. That experience makes them very empathetic to others who are dealing with challenges. Last year we read a magazine article about a young refugee from Syria and they were all touched by the story. They began to research the situation and the refugee crisis in Europe. When I saw the book "Refugee", I knew that it should be a reading circle selection. They will get to use their background knowledge about Syria and learn the stories of children in the middle of other conflicts.
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