The students at our school are poor. Most of our students come home to empty houses due to the fact that their parents are working one or two jobs just to keep a roof over their kids' heads and food on the table. A vast majority of my students (90%) receive free and reduced-price lunch at school. For the most part, those free meals they get at school are the only meals that they will eat for that day.
Summer vacation for most of our students is not a vacation.
They spend this time either working alongside their parents in the fields or finding their own jobs in order to help bring in extra money for the family. Money at our school is very short, especially for sports equipment. Much of the equipment that we use for football is from the early 1990s when we only had one high school in our town. Since then we have grown to two high schools and the money has to be divided two ways which mean sports get the short end of the stick.
Our team is really in need of safety equipment like mouthpieces. Football season is one of the hardest times of the year because it runs right at the beginning of the year. A lot of families have to spend money on the first day of school items instead of things for sports like football. Having more safety equipment like mouthpieces will help keep our students safe and concussion free. Our team works hard year-round to be the best they can be, and we want our students to be safe while they train. The new mouthpieces will further build their confidence up because they won’t have the thought of getting hurt in the back of their mind. This project is important to me because I want to give the kids confidence and the ability to play carefree and safe at all time. Giving them the tools and resources to help them succeed is my goal. Football at our school is not a very glamorous sport, because we have not had the best record and sometimes kids tease them for being on the team. So anything we can do for the kids to make it more enjoyable is a top priority. Help us help them boost their confidence and pride in their school and sport. Thanks for your time.
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