My students are in a significantly low socio-economic area of Houston where a majority of students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Several of my students are part of the Weekend Backpack Buddy Program, sponsored by the Houston Food Bank, where they receive food for the weekend. Many parents can't afford to purchase basic school supplies that are needed in the classroom.
These hardships haven't disillusioned them or dampened their spirit or their willingness to learn.
We are trying to encourage safe practices at school, as well as leadership skills. Items for a school traffic safety patrol would be much appreciated by our students, parents, and school community.
Houston has severe weather events, such as rain and flooding from tropical storms. At our school, one leader walks at least one child, but sometimes a family of children, to the vehicle at dismissal time. We need large, strong umbrellas!
When students have experiences that build leadership skills, it can directly affect their self esteem and learning.
A School Traffic and Weather Safety Patrol will allow older students to buddy up with younger students and lead them safely to their vehicles. My fifth graders are especially excited for the opportunity to help, and an opportunity to be on the Patrol will also motivate them in the classroom.
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